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Roberto Cantoral Concert Hall, Mexico City, Mexico 
Sunday 01 Jul 2012
 
Mexico's premier concert hall 
 
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Cutting edge design & acoustics achieved with a low budget in Pueblo de Xoco 

Inspired by the movement of a conducting baton, the building design is composed of 5 concrete roofs moving up and down in harmony to give shape, space and light to the project. Each roof represents the lines of a pentagram, always straight, constant and parallel until the composer intervenes. The architects explained that they aimed to create a project "that lives for the trees as the trees will live as a part of it, we cannot think about a dark and traditional hall when the project is being developed in such a beautiful forest located in Coyoacán, Mexico, a unique place that has to be exploited in a good sense."

The volume opens and closes as tree branches with the wind, letting the sun rays pass through, which reduces emissions by 10 tons of C02 annually. The architects wanted the visitors to discover the project through each step they make, the natural and artificial. They will walk around the space with their minds clear, looking, watching, feeling how the hall is more than just concrete and steel; walking through is an invitation to the reflection and harmony, is an invitation to discover the magical world of music.

The building was born to be the cradle of the new Mexican music, its shape prioviding unique acoustics; this is the only concert hall in town which has reverberation time range from 1 to 1.5 seconds, allowing symphonic performances as well as rock concerts. The architects say of the project: "The building is not a whim, it is not fashion, it is just the sound traveling through the wind, going around each space, each seat, each corner, giving shape to every dream; every song giving shape to The Roberto Cantoral Music Hall."

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Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
BROISSIN architects
www.broissin.com

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