Saturday, 20 December 2008


First visit in Mexico City is to the very new practice Productura, established in 2006 by Abel Perles (1972, Argentina), Carlos Bedoya (1973, Mexico), Victor Jaime (1978, Mexico), and Wonne Ickx (1974, Belgium). They came together with individual projects, so that they had a handful as a practice.

The pracice has just won the competition to design a new headquarters for CAF in Venezuela (with Lucio Muniain) and were selected to design avilla for the Ordos100 project in Inner Mongolia.

Productura now emply 6 other staff, and are based in a penthouse pavilion on Av. Insurgentes in the middle of Mexico City. Other projects include the Hookah Bar in Mexico City, a boutique hotel in Tulum for Gruppo Habita, a house in Uruguay and currently a design competition fora new arts centre in Beirut.

The architects do not spend time over-contextualising and intellectualising their work. Instead, rather refreshingly, they just start with form, critique it in the studio, and create great spaces. Victor, Wonne and Carlos outside studio.
The penthouse studio.

Model of hotel in Tulum.
Meeting space with amazing views of the city.

Interviewing Victor and Wonne.
Model of house in Uruguay

Early ideas for social housing.

Working models for arts centre in Beirut.
Winning design for CAF tower in Caracas, Venezuela.
The Productura team (minus Abel)

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