In this week’s architecture and design video round-up (above), Klein Dytham architecture borrowed inspiration from Tokyo’s non-stop parade of cars and trains in realising the nine-storey Toggle Hotel in the heart of the city. Mumbai-based firm Sameep Padora & Associates cast their net globally upon receiving the commission for a small school in central western India – the result is a striking Catalan vault structure that went onto win a Brick Award in late 2020 for ‘Building Outside the Box’.
The photographer client of the Iturbide Studio in Mexico City had only one request when she asked her architect son to complete the new building: it had to be made of brick. And finally this week, balancing restoration with contemporary aesthetics, the Círculo Mexicano hotel by Ambrosi Etchegaray is the place to stay during Mexico’s design week.
For more information on each of these stories, see below.
- Tokyo shift: In a city where ‘capsule’ hotels are somewhat of a trademark, the Toggle Hotel’s loft-style bedrooms are an uplifting and economical solution where two-tone colour has been applied at full acceleration. Read more.
- Bridging the gap: The efficiencies of Catalan vault structures led Mumbai-based firm Sameep Padora & Associates to create a library pavilion with multiple entries and a dune-like roofline that appears to grow out of the ground. Read more.
- Brick honours: Seeking silence and synthesis through the continuous, repetitive and almost obsessive use of a single material, the Iturbide Studio in Mexico City is just one of many projects to be applauded for the boundary-pushing use of brick. Read more.
- Shake it off: Combining original architectural charms with the pared-back design style of the Shakers, the Círculo Mexicano by local studio Ambrosi Etchegaray is one of the hottest hotels in Mexico City’s downtown district. Read more.
Journey over the Catalan roof structure of the Maya Somaiya Library and check-in at Mexico City’s Shaker-inspired hotel.