Interview on NXT A

06/2020

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German architecture web platform NXT A has published an interview with Max von Werz as part of their portrait series "Community Check". Follow this link to read the full interview in German. Portrait photograph by Vicky Reyes.

German architecture web platform NXT A has published an interview with Max von Werz as part of their portrait series "Community Check".

Article in Baumeister magazine

04/2020

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German architecture magazine Baumeister has published online an interview and written critique of our residential extension to a heritage–listed Bavarian barn dating back to the 18th century. Follow this link to read the full article in German.

German architecture magazine Baumeister has published online an interview and written critique of our residential extension to a heritage–listed Bavarian barn dating back to the 18th century.

Article in topos magazine

03/2020

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Topos, the international magazine for landscape architecture and urban design, has published an article by Max von Werz on Mexico City as part of their series Metropolis Explained. To read the full article follow this link. Please consider supporting topos by following this link.

Topos, the international magazine for landscape architecture and urban design, has published an article by Max von Werz on Mexico City as part of their series Metropolis Explained.

The New York Times

01/2020

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An article in The New York Times has highlighted La Paz, Mexico as one of 52 places to go in 2020, mentioning our hotel project for Grupo Habita which is currently under construction. Excerpt from the article:

La Paz, Mexico
In Baja, a reimagined waterfront and a sustainable sensibility

Just up the coast from Cabo San Lucas is La Paz, the 250,000-person capital of Baja California Sur state and one of the region’s oldest and most dynamic cities. But unlike many of Mexico’s better-known beach towns, the La Paz area has resisted large-scale resort-style development and remained comparatively unknown to outsiders. Decades ago, local environmentalists pushed for the creation of what eventually became the expansive UNESCO Marine World Heritage protected area, a designation that aimed to preserve the coast and offshore areas, home to such rich biodiversity that the Sea of Cortez is known as the “Aquarium of the World.” Last year, La Paz passed one of the strictest single-use plastic bans in Mexico, which will begin going into effect this year. At the same time, the city has undergone a massive, multiyear renovation of its waterfront malecón, or boardwalk, which extended its length by three miles, created bike lanes and added a skate park, fountains and sculptures by prominent Mexican artists illustrating local marine life. Later this year, Grupo Habita, Mexico’s stylish boutique hotel operator, is opening its first southern Baja property, the 32-room La Casa de las Perlas, or House of Pearls, in La Paz. The hotel, which incorporates a building from the 1910s, will have a pool, spa, restaurant and “sunset bar” overlooking the malecón and sea. —Freda Moon

To read the full article follow this link.

Our hotel project in La Paz has been mentioned as part of an article in The New York Times on 52 places to go in 2020. 

AR New into Old awards

12/2019

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We are pleased to announce that our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR, in partnership with Mateo Riestra and José Arnaud Bello, has been commended as part of the 2019 AR New into Old awards, an award for sustainable alternatives to building anew, organized by The Architectural Review.

The project has been published in The Architectural Review's December/January issue alongside an insightful essay on the project, written by architect and critic Juan Carlos Cano, with photography by Rory Gardiner.

Excerpt from AR's announcement:

The judging panel were clear that they were looking for intelligent, transformative work. Catherine Slessor posited that the time has come for adaptation to leave its specialist niche, and that as the climate crisis demands sustainable alternatives to new construction, ‘the responsible architect might never build a new building.’ Catherine Slessor explains that Max von Werz, Mateo Riestra & José Arnaud–Bello, architects of OMR Art Gallery in Mexico City, have performed a ‘forensic stripping down of a former record store, calling attention to the Modernist period in Mexican history, with a view to re–situating it in public consciousness’.

Please consider supporting The Architectural Review by following this link and buying the magazine.

Our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR has been commended as part of the 2019 Architectural Review New into Old awards.

Pabellón de las Escaleras

02/2019

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Intervention in partnership with José Arnaud Bello & Mateo Riestra
Curator:  Guadalajara90210
Location:  Colonia Santa María la Ribera, Mexico City
Photography:  Luis Young
Sponsorship:  PRISA pintura

Max von Werz has participated with José Arnaud Bello and Mateo Riestra in 'Pabellón de las Escaleras', a group exhibition taking place in an abandoned building with interventions by participants from multiple disciplines including architecture, art and industrial design.

The intervention titled 'Adaptation of Color Keyboard #12, Polychromie Architecturale' engages with Le Corbusier's color system 'Polychromie Architecturale' from 1931, a selection of 43 colors organized in 12 different 'Color Keyboards'. Each of the original keyboards suggests combinations between a selection of colors according to how they are organized on the page. The keyboards have different themes, sometimes suggesting architectural elements onto which they can be applied, or in other cases evoking specific environments or sensations.

Our intervention translates Le Corbusier's color palette to the standards of commercial paints in Mexico and then adapts the Color Keyboard #12 to the ground floor of the exhibition site. Using the columns as a kind of three-dimensional sample book, the arrangement of the tones in space allows visitors to reconstruct Le Corbusier's different color combinations while moving through the exhibition.

Max von Werz has participated in the collective exhibition 'Pabellón de las Escaleras' in a former textile workshop.

Calle Colima, Mexico City

01/2019

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Max von Werz Architects has been appointed to develop a conservation project for a Porfirio–era townhouse in the Roma Norte neighbourhood of Mexico City.

Werk, Bauen + Wohnen

10/2018

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Max von Werz has been featured in an article by Swiss magazine Werk, Bauen + Wohnen on the culture of collaboration in the Mexican architecture scene. Follow this link for the english text. Follow this link for the german text.

Max von Werz has been featured in an article by Swiss magazine Werk, Bauen + Wohnen on the culture of collaboration in the Mexican architecture scene. 

Architektur & Wohnen

09/2018

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Max von Werz has been included in an article by the German magazine Architektur & Wohnen about the creative scene in Mexico City. Follow this link to view a PDF of the article.

 

Max von Werz has been included in an article by the German magazine Architektur & Wohnen about the creative scene in Mexico City.

Lecture at Anahuac University

08/2018

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Max von Werz has held a lecture on adaptive reuse and urban design at Mexico City's Anahuac University.

Interview by Kontextur

07/2018

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Max von Werz has been interviewed by the digital magazine on architecture Kontextur. Follow this link for the full interview.

Max von Werz has been interviewed by the digital architecture magazine Kontextur.

Arquine yearbook

12/2017

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Arquine has published our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR as part of their yearbook "Mexican Architectures, The Best of the 21st Century". Follow this link for the book.

Arquine has published our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR as part of their yearbook "Mexican Architectures, The Best of the 21st Century".

(Not) Another Tower pt II

11/2017

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We are delighted to have taken part in another collaborative piece initiated and curated by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio for the exhibition 'Tatiana Bilbao, Perspectivas' shown at MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey) and Museo Amparo in Puebla. Our contribution recombines diverse patterns of vertical and horizontal circulation in form of an excavated solid that transcends its simple function of connecting, generating a varied architectural promenade that encourages leisurely exploration and contemplation.

Size:  91 x 19 x 19cm
Physical model:  Enrique Salazar
Model photography:  Rodrigo Chapa

Max von Werz Architects has contributed to a collaborative piece exhibited at Museo MARCO in Monterrey and Museo Amparo in Puebla.

Article in Baumeister

10/2017

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German architecture magazine Baumeister has published a written critique by Mario Ballesteros on our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR. Please consider supporting Baumeister by following this link and buying digital editions of the German-language magazine.

German architecture magazine Baumeister has published a written critique by Mario Ballesteros on our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR. Purchase the full german language epaper by following this link.

Chicago Architecture Biennial

09/2017

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Size:  145 x 40 x 20cm
Physical model:  Enrique Salazar
Model photography:  Rodrigo Chapa
On–site photography:  Tom Harris

Our contribution to this collaborative piece initiated and curated by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial recombined diverse patterns of vertical circulation in the form of a monolithic stair that transcends its simple function of connecting by generating a varied architectural promenade that encourages slow leisurely exploration and contemplation.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s description of the collaborative piece: "Our proposal attempts to reconcile vertical urbanization within a tower typology capable of fostering a city’s civic character. Since cities are not the product of a singular vision, but patchworks of spatialized historical layers, the project attempts to emulate this process by subdividing the tower into 192 plots and collaborating with fourteen collaborators – each responsible for designing their own plot while maintaining a connection to neighboring sections. Each piece puts forth a vision for the design of the tower and the construction of a city, realizing a three-dimensional matrix of possibilities."

Max von Werz Architects has contributed to a collaborative piece exhibited at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Contribution to Animal magazine

08/2017

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Max von Werz has contributed with Enrique Giner de los Ríos to Animal magazine with an article on Aby Warburg's project Mnemosyne Atlas. Follow this link to read the article in English.

Max von Werz has contributed with Enrique Giner de los Ríos to Animal magazine with an article on Aby Warburg's project Mnemosyne Atlas.

Sol Lewitt exhibition at OMR

08/2017

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Galería OMR has shown the exhibition 'Sol Lewitt: Instructions for a Pyramid'. The gallery´s first solo exhibition of works by Sol LeWitt included full–size wall drawings depicting pyramidal structures that rise as a conceptual, vibrantly-colored Pre–Hispanic city. They serve as both an investigation of line and geometry and a reference to Mexican culture.

It has been a great pleasure for us as architects to be able to revisit the space every few months and to find it completely transformed by the gallery's ambitious curatorial vision.

Architectural project in partnership with Mateo Riestra & José Arnaud Bello
Photography by Enrique Macias Martinez

Galería OMR has shown the exhibition 'Sol Lewitt: Instructions for a Pyramid'.

Baumeister issue on Mexico

05/2017

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Max von Werz has contributed as guest editor and author to an edition of the magazine Baumeister dedicated entirely to architecture in Mexico. The issue includes writings on work by Ambrosi Etchegaray, Tadao Ando, Fernanda Canales, Frida Escobedo, Rozana Montiel, Productora, Benjamín Romano, Rzero and Tezontle. Writing in collaboration with Enrique Giner de los Ríos & Luis Orozco Madero. Purchase the full german language epaper by following this link.

Max von Werz has contributed as guest editor and author to an edition of the magazine Baumeister dedicated entirely to architecture in Mexico.

Short film by Juan Benavides

04/2017

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Juan Benavides has completed a short film on Galería OMR as part of his project FILMATICA. Follow this link to access the short film.

Juan Benavides has completed a short film on Galería OMR as part of his project FILMATICA.

Helmut von Werz exhibition

11/2014

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Max von Werz had the opportunity to participate in 2014 in the production of an exhibition on the architecture of his grandfather Helmut von Werz.

As one of the great architects of the reconstruction of Munich, Helmut von Werz left a lasting imprint on the city during his life. The spirit of post-war architecture is visible in the impressive body of work that he created with his partners Johann Christoph Ottow, Erhard Bachmann and Michel Marx; work which was defined by moderation and preservation, while remaining receptive to the influence of the avant-garde.

Several buildings designed by the firm were the object of controversy at their time due to their modernity and use of new materials. This was the case with the new building for the State Archaeological Collection in Munich, which was one of the first buildings to be realised with an envelope made of weathering Corten steel.

Helmut von Werz
Ein Architektenleben – An Architect's Life 1912-1990
Exhibition at Architekturgalerie, Munich
Curator:  Cordula Rau
Exhibition design:  Heinz Hiltbrunner & Max von Werz
Physical models:  Enrique Salazar & Max von Werz
Photography:  Florian Holzherr, Simon Schels & Rainer Viertlböck

An exhibition has been inaugurated at the Architekturgalerie in Munich on the work of German post-war architect Helmut von Werz.

Helmut von Werz monograph

11/2014

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Max von Werz had the opportunity to participate in 2014 in the production of this first architect's monograph on his grandfather Helmut von Werz.

As one of the great architects of the reconstruction of Munich, Helmut von Werz left a lasting imprint on the city during his life. The spirit of post-war architecture is visible in the impressive body of work that he created with his partners Johann Christoph Ottow, Erhard Bachmann and Michel Marx; work which was defined by moderation and preservation, while remaining receptive to the influence of the avant-garde.

Several buildings designed by the firm were the object of controversy at their time due to their modernity and use of new materials. This was the case with the new building for the State Archaeological Collection in Munich, which was one of the first buildings to be realised with an envelope made of weathering Corten steel.

Helmut von Werz
Ein Architektenleben – An Architect's Life 1912-1990
Edited by Cordula Rau & Georg von Werz
Published in 2014 by the publishing house Birkhäuser
Contemporary colour photography by Florian Holzherr and Rainer Viertlböck
Graphic design by Heinz Hiltbrunner

The first monograph on the German post–war architect Helmut von Werz has been published by the Swiss publishing house Birkhäuser.