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June 15, 2017
Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto | Images: James Florio Cineteca Nacional, the film institute of Mexico City and the busiest film center in the world, has been rescuing, preserving and promoting Mexican films for more than 40 years. After a fire severely damaged the space in 1982, a temporary home was built in its place. Decades...
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Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto and Charlie Keaton | Images: James Florio At more than 400,000 square feet, Biblioteca Vasconcelos is a mega-library. “It’s like entering an alternate universe,” says architectural photographer James Florio. “For me, that’s exactly what reading is, and this library is one of the most surreal places I’ve ever shot.” Actually, Biblioteca...
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Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto | Images: James Florio Home to one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in Latin America, Museo Jumex is situated in Plaza Carso, in the Nuevo Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. This unique, triangular-shaped civic space bound by the gleaming, anvil shaped Museo Soumaya, the black, ominous, underground Teatro...
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Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto | Images: James Florio Built in 2012 and designed by Elena Perez and Alba Cortes of Madrid-based ensamble studio, Teatro Cervantes is a theater notable for its large metallic structure opening up into the public square of Plaza Carso, a park in the Polanco district of Mexico City. Located right next...
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Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto and Charlie Keaton | Images: James Florio Named for an esteemed housekeeper who resided there for more than 70 years, the Ignacia Guest House is a hidden gem in the uber-hip Colonia Roma district of Mexico City. Originally a private mansion constructed in 1913 and recently restored to bring in an...
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Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto | Images: James Florio Establishing CENTRO University to become Mexico’s premier design and film school was not enough for founders Gina Diez Barroso and Abraham Franklin. After operating in rented space, the growing school would need a campus befitting its mission of creativity and artistry. The leading architectural firm of TEN...
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Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto | Images: James Florio What’s in a reflection? In the case of the towering Museo Soumaya, rising 150 feet at the heart of a new cultural and commercial district in Mexico City, quiet a lot. Its mirrored-steel elements serve to reference the traditional, colonial ceramic-tiled building façades surrounding it, while reflecting not only a...
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  Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto | Images: James Florio Looking more like something out of a science fiction movie than your average corner building, Liverpool Insurgentes, designed by Rojkind Arquitectos, stands out in the Barrio Norte neighborhood of Mexico City. That’s because Liverpool, a Mexican department store chain, asked Rojkind to shatter the “big box”...
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