“The most important things in life, they come to you.”
Renowned Mexican architect Fernando Romero reflects on the fortunate turn of events that culminated in him acquiring this stunning modernist residence in Mexico City, which was designed in 1955 by Francisco Artigas. After another potential buyer failed in their attempt to secure the permits required to convert the building into offices, Romero found himself with an opportunity to purchase the property and set about customizing it with his own, distinctive style. This film by cultural moviemakers Nowness gives a unique glimpse into the private realm of one of Mexico’s most celebrated living architects:
While Romero’s firm FR-EE is most well-known for its huge public projects such as the iconic Souyama Museum, the architect’s design ethos is reflected, even in the smallest details of his home. An eclectic array of stylish features — a floating staircase, retro electronics, Eero Saarinen’s famous Tulip Chairs — adorn the striking modernist interior. Romero enjoys this environment, describing it as a “silent moment” within the frenetic cityscape of Mexico City. However, the architect speculates that — one day — he will take a break from landmark public buildings to design a family home outside this hectic metropolis.
Museo Mazatlán, Mazatlán, Mexico
Latin American Art Museum, Miami, Florida
This year looks set to be one of FR-EE’s most productive yet. The flying saucer-shaped Museo Mazatlán is due to break ground in the coming months, as is the Latin American Art Museum in Miami, Florida — as long as client and renowned art collector Gary Nader can resolve issues relating to the proposed building’s contentious site.
For more amazing images of major cultural projects by FR-EE, explore its in-depth profile on Architizer.