A natural space for the performing arts. Garden and scenic pavilion by Michan Architecture + Parabase

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Architects
Isaac Michan Daniel (Michan Architecture), Carla Ferrando Costansa and Pablo Garrido Arnaiz (PARABASE).
Collaborators
Landscape.- Tonatiuh Martínez, Alejandra Aguirre (Taller de Paisaje Entorno).
Structural Engineer.- Mario Monotti (Monotti Ingegneri Consulenti SA), Armando Merida (Structecnia).
Theater Consultancy.- Jules Lauve, Scott Crossfield (Theater Projects), Itzel Alba (diseñOteatral).
Acoustic Consulting.- Cristian Ezcurdia, Jaume Soler (SoundArts).
Sustainability.- Victor Viscor (Societat Orgànica).
Lighting design.- Víctor Palacio (Ideas en Luz).
Renders.- Jorge Yáñez Barranco (Contarq).
Dates
Open Competition, 1st Prize.- 2021.
Location
Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico.

Isaac Michan Daniel. Michan Architecture

Michan Architecture is a studio based in Mexico City founded in 2010. The practice operates as a laboratory of architecture, exploring new possibilities within the discipline. They see architecture as a flirtation towards the built environment; a question towards the norm, a speculation of what the future can be.  

The studio has been awarded by the Architectural League of New York with The League Prize for Young Architects + Designers 2020. In 2019 they are recipients of  Design Vanguard award from Architectural Record Magazine, which honors 10 emerging practices from around the world. "That are demonstrating inventive approaches to shaping the built environment." DL1310 Apartment Building designed in collaboration with Young & Ayata received the 2019 Progressive Architecture Award from Architect Magazine. AL apartment received the American Architecture Prize in residential architecture 2017. In 2015 Z53 Social Housing won an Architizer Award, for Low cost housing. The work of the studio has been widely published and exhibit.

The practice is led by Isaac Michan Daniel. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana with studies at RMIT and a Master of Science in Architecture from Pratt Institute.He has taught at Universidad Anahuac, Universidad Iberoamericana and the AA Visiting School in Mexico City.

They pursue architecture as a material practice, hybridizing local craft with digital and analogue thinking. The work is a reaction to existing conditions, it strives to find a fine balance for the familiar, yet at precise completely weird. For us this midpoint is where the work is able to speak with the past without copying the recipes, while looking forward for new ways to misbehave mater and tectonics.

Since 2010 the studio has received the valuable contribution of the following people: Narciso Martinez, Eduardo Lorenzana, Denise Peralta,  Arturo Lezama, Alan Eskildsen, Omar Acevedo, Ciria Garcia, Elizabeth Frias, Daniel Amkie, Tamara Cortez, Jorge Sanchez, Juan Alan Gonzales, Daniela Ruiz, Victor Lima, Ehecatl Cabrera, Roman Vicenteño, Sonja Cabrera, Poleth Luna, Jose Luis Ramos, Montserrat Garciacesar, Christian Morales.

Carla Ferrando Costansa, Pablo Garrido Arnaiz. Parabase

Parabase is an architecture and urbanism studio with offices in Basel (Switzerland), Mexico City (Mexico), and Barcelona (Spain).

The collective has taught since 2014 at ETSAB with Professor Ferrer Forés; at USI AAM (2020,2021) with Professors Carrillo da Graça, Dorte Mandrup, and Leopold Banchini; and at BFH AHB in 2022.

The collective has received numerous awards such as being a finalist with Cartha Magazine in the Swiss Art Awards 2017, second prize in the Curatorship of the Catalonia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2020, Best Curator for 'Affinities Unveiled' and Best Exhibition Design at the AJAC Award and winner of the first prize in the competition for the Scenic Garden and Pavilion, Mexico City, among others.

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