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Architizer A+ Awards

04/2024

We are happy to share that Max von Werz Architects has been selected as a Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Best Adaptive Reuse and Renovation Firm category.

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We are happy to share that Max von Werz Architects has been selected as a Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Best Adaptive Reuse and Renovation Firm category.

Our built portfolio to date consists exclusively of the transformation (and occasional extension) of existing buildings. Our firm’s design philosophy is centered around the simple idea that built heritage should be considered alive, and something open to evolve, grow and adapt, rather than a kind of old relic frozen in time.
The Architizer A+ Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful design in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.

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AR Future Projects awards

03/2024

We are excited to announce that our project Termas El Jabalí in collaboration with IUA Ignacio Urquiza Arquitectos was named winner in the hotels and leisure category of the 2024 AR Future Projects awards.

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We are excited to announce that our project Termas El Jabalí in collaboration with IUA Ignacio Urquiza Arquitectos was named winner in the hotels and leisure category of the 2024 AR Future Projects awards.

Launched in 2002, the AR Future Projects awards are a window into tomorrow’s built environments. Celebrating excellence in projects still on the drawing board or currently under construction, and the potential for positive contribution to communities, neighbourhoods and built landscapes around the world.

A bit thank you to The Architectural Review and to the jurors Christopher Lee, Julia King and Anjulie Rao for this recognition.

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MCHAP

02/2024

We are honored to share that our project Baja Club Hotel has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.

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We are honored to share that our project Baja Club Hotel has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. Established by the Illinois Institute of Technology this prestigious biennial award recognizes the most outstanding built works of architecture throughout North and South America. Congratulations to the many contributors who made this project possible, and a big thank you to our clients Grupo Habita for their trust and passion for architecture. Thank you Jim Gauer for the continuous encouragement and support. Photography by Rory Gardiner.

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Casa Ideal

02/2024

Max von Werz participates in the group show Casa Ideal

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Casa Ideal is a project by PM curated by Enrique Giner de los Ríos.

7 Feb 2024 – 30 Mar 2024
Proyectos Multipropósito
Sevilla 10, Piso 2, colonia Juarez, Mexico City

Using different formats such as photography, models, drawings and furniture, the exhibition brings together the vision of more than 70 artists, designers and architects from different generations on the ideal house.

Max von Werz contributes with “la casa por el tejado”. The piece is an abstracted architectural model of a gable roof, marking the start of a broader exploration of the potential of the vecindad tenement, an endangered building type, to be updated and transformed in order to serve as a prototype of collective housing for Mexico City in the 21st century.

Materials: steel with enamel paint (with blued steel base)
Dimensions: 40 x 17 x 6 cm
Scale: 1:500
Fabrication: Construcciones Re Lo Ruiz
Photography: C129

Press:
ELLE Mexico

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Interview in PIN–UP magazine

12/2021

Suleman Anaya has interviewed Max von Werz for PIN–UP magazine’s 31st issue.

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Suleman Anaya has interviewed Max von Werz for PIN–UP magazine’s 31st print issue. With portrait photography by Rosie Marks.  Follow this link to read the full interview.

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Monocle on Baja Club

07/2021

The magazine Monocle has published an article on Baja Club Hotel.

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The magazine Monocle has published an article on Baja Club Hotel. Follow this link to read the full article.

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Architectural Record

06/2021

The magazine Architectural Record has published an article by James Gauer on Baja Club Hotel.

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The magazine Architectural Record has published an article by James Gauer on Baja Club Hotel. To read the full article follow this link.

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New York Times T List

04/2021

Baja Club Hotel has been featured in the New York Times’ weekly T List.

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Baja Club Hotel has been featured in the New York Times’ weekly T List.

Excerpt from the article:

The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week  

In Baja California, a Restored 1900s Villa

Set on the Sea of Cortez, in Baja California Sur’s laid-back coastal town of La Paz, is the recently opened Baja Club hotel. Its original structure — an early 20th-century Spanish colonial-style villa — was renovated by the Mexico City-based architect Max von Werz, under the direction of the hotel brand Grupo Habita. The ground floor of the white-lacquered brick building now hosts a lobby, cafe and library, but the most striking addition is a concrete spiral staircase, which was inspired by the sculptural, free-form designs of the Modernist architects Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier and connects the main house to the property’s new four-story annex. The two wings that make up von Werz’s extension house the inn’s 32 guest rooms and suites, each of which opens onto a private patio. Inside, the rooms feature traditional Mexican Talavera ceramic lamps inspired by the work of Luis Barragán; speckled olive-and-alabaster terrazzo floors; and chairs, made of wicker and wood, that were conceived by the Parisian design firm Jaune and produced by the contemporary Mexican artist Claudia Fernández. Guests can unwind at the property’s sauna, Jacuzzi or infinity pool. And in the evenings, Greek-inspired dishes are offered at the hotel restaurant, an outdoor space set below an ivy-covered pergola, while cocktails are served at the rooftop bar. Rooms start at $275, bajaclubhotel.com.  

— Michaela Trimble

To read the full article follow this link.

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Article in topos magazine

03/2020

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.

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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.

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Calle Colima, Mexico City

02/2020

Max von Werz Architects has received permits to carry out a conservation project for a Porfirio–era townhouse in the Roma Norte neighbourhood of Mexico City.

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AR New into Old awards

12/2019

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

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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’.

To read the full article follow this link.

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Pabellón de las Escaleras

02/2019

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

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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 hues in space allows visitors to reconstruct Le Corbusier’s different color combinations while moving through the exhibition.

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Arquine yearbook Vol. 7

12/2017

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

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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.

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(Not) Another Tower pt II

11/2017

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

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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

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Article in Baumeister

10/2017

German architecture magazine Baumeister has published a written critique by Mario Ballesteros on our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR.

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German architecture magazine Baumeister has published a written critique by Mario Ballesteros on our adaptive reuse project for Galería OMR. Follow this link to read the full article.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial

09/2017

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

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Size:  145 x 40 x 20cm
Physical model:  Enrique Salazar
Model photography:  Rodrigo Chapa

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.”

The collaborative piece was acquired in 2021 by SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and taken into its permanent collection.

A photograph of our contribution is available through BY, Galería de Arquitectura.

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Contribution to Animal magazine

08/2017

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

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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.

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Baumeister issue on Mexico

05/2017

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

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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.

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Short film by Juan Benavides

04/2017

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

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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.

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Helmut von Werz exhibition

11/2014

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

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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
Photography:  Florian Holzherr, Simon Schels & Rainer Viertlboeck

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Helmut von Werz monograph

11/2014

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

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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

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