The Icon 20/20 Architects: Fernando Romero 01.05.09

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Museo-Soumaya-LAR Fernando-Romero

Design for the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City

We're taking a punt on young Mexican architect Fernando Romero: one day, when you think of Mexican architecture it won't be Luis Barragan. Romero has an interesting pedigree, having worked for such diverse figures as Enric Miralles, Jean Nouvel and OMA. His calling card to date is that he was the project architect on Rem Koolhaas' Casa da Musica in Porto. But what's most impressive about him is the way he is now driving architectural discourse in his homeland. In 2005 he founded LAR (Laboratory of Architecture) in Mexico City and has been developing ambitious projects with complex forms - his design for the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City is a super-smooth eroded monolith. He has also proposed a museum bridging the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso in Texas. It was never built but the design exists in daintier form at the Jinhua Architecture Park outside Beijing. More than just an advanced form-maker, Romero has published two books of research, one on the conditions at the world's most crossed border and the other on the urbanism of Mexico City.

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