masa y vacío, color y pasión


04 Dec
20 Dec

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An intensive ten-day stay in the mythical capital of Mexico introduces you to the emotive 20th and 21st century architecture of a country with a perma­nent passion for its people.

In the wake of Luis Barragán, Félix Candela and Mario Pani, surprisingly fascinating present-day archi­tects on the former waters of Lake Texcoco, such as Alberto Kalach (TAX), Mauricio Rocha (Taller de Arquitectura), Frida Escobedo and Rojkind Arquitectos.

With this trip it is possible to opt for a four-day extension to Oaxaca where a ditto vision is transposed to the colourful, lush hinterland.

Romantic, passive, sensual, tragic and cruel. This is what Mexicans are like, and this is also their history. The Mexican archi­tecture is known to us as colourful and rich. Without doubt, the overflowing colour palette is breathtaking and carries the cultural experience of this journey. The deep blue of Frida Kahlo. The cutting red of Diego Rivera or Juan O’Gorman. The glittering gold of Mathias Goeritz. The flowing white of Félix Candela. The sun-drenched ochre of Ricardo Legoretta. And not least the mystical deep pink of Luis Barragán. Color y pasión.

But underneath, the Mexican archi­tecture is so much more than the photo­genic colour use. Not out of selfishness, but out of a deep sense of their own value, the Mexican modernist architects reinterpreted the dogmas of the USA and Europe. Above all, they integrated the pheno­menal muralism, the supreme expression of post-revolutionary art. The interplay of mass and emptiness, an inheritance from the Aztec archi­tecture, remains consistently present in the modern and contemporary archi­tecture: masa y vacío.

The Mexican poetic imagination creates gardens, houses and fon­teins of breathtaking beauty: meta­physical landscapes for mediation and serenity. In enclosed spaces, the coordinates of volumes and walls are so composed that the gaze of the visitor and user is drawn upwards: el aire es azul!

Mexico City

Mexico-City is obsessed with its past, but open to anything new. This contradictary nature results in fascinating architecture, created by passionated people.


programme subject to change

MEXICO-CITY (11 days)

Plaza de las tres Culturas, Mario Pani, 1962
Residential complex Nonoalco Tlatelolco, Mario Pani y Luis Ramos Cunningham, 1964
Torre Tlatelolco, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, 1966
Biblioteca José Vasconcelos, Alberto Kalach, 2004
Vocacional 2, Juan O’Gorman, 1932
Biblioteca La Ciudadela – a.o. Taller de Arquitectura, 2012

Capilla de San Felipe de Jesús, Félix Candela, 1959
Insignia de la plaza de los Abanicos, Guillermo Rosell, Manuel Larrosa y Félix Candela, 1958
La Tallera – Museum Siqueiros Cuernavaca, Frida Escobedo, 2012
Heroico Colegio Militar, Agustín Hernández y Manuel González Rul, 1976

Escuela Normal de Maestros, Mario Pani, 1945
Templo de San Antonio de las Huertas, Enrique de la Mora y Félix Candela, 1956
Metro Merced, Félix Candela, 1967
Mercado de la Merced, Enrique del Moral, 1956
Metro Candelaria, Félix Candela, 1967
Mercado Milan 44, AT 104, 2016

Casa y estudio Diego Rivera & Frieda Kahlo, Juan O’Gorman, 1932
Casa O’Gorman, Juan O’Gorman, 1929
San Angel Inn, 1692
Officinas Falcon, Rojkind Arquitectos y Gabriela Etchegaray, 2012

Mercado Roma, Rojkind Arquitectos, 2013
Polyforum Siqueiros, 1967 + 2012
La Capilla de Santa Monica, Félix Candela, 1960
Capilla Las Capuchinas Sacramentarias, Luis Barragán, 1953
Museo Anahuacalli, Diego Rivera, 1945
Casa Prieto López, Luis Barragán, 1950
Casa Arturo Quintana, Augusto Álvarez García, 1965

Estadio Desportivo de Ciudad Universitaria, Augusto Perez Palacios, Jorge Bravo, Raul Salinas, 1952
Biblioteca central universitario, Juan O’Gorman and Diego Rivera, 1950
Pabellón de Rayos Cosmicos, Felix Canderla, 1951
Masterplan UNAM, Mario Pani & Enrique del Moral, 1948
MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Teodoro González de León, 2008


Museo Soumaya, Fernando Romero, 2011
Museo Jumex, David Chipperfield, 2013
Memorial a las Víctimas de la Violencia, Gaeta Springall Arquitectos, 2013
Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, 1964
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Teodoro González de León y Abraham Zabludovsky, 1972

Los Clubes: a.o. casa Egerstrom, Luis Barragán, 1967
Edificio Bacardi, Mies Van der Rohe, 1961
Plaza Bebederos, Luis Barragán, 1960
Torres Satelite, Luis Barragán & Mathias Goeritz, 1957

Gran Hotel
Palacio Nacional, Vicente Mendiola & Manuel Ortiz Monasterio
Colegio San Idelfonso, Samuel Chavez
Templo Mayor

Luis Barragán House and Studio, Luis Barragán, 1948
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Arturo Chavez Paz + Fernando Romero, 1952
Galeria Kurimanzutto, Alberto Kalach, 2008
Casa Gilardi, Luis Barragán, 1976

La Casa Azul de Frieda Kahlo
Casa Leon Trotzky
Museo del Eco, Matthias Goeritz, 1952

OAXACA (4 days)

Centro académico y cultural San Pablo – fundación Alfredo Harp-helú, taller de arquitectura mauricio rocha, 2012
Artist workshop, Alberto Kalach, 2008
Milagrito Mezcal Pavilion, Ambrosi i Etchegaray, 2014
Sport City, Root Studio, 2014
School of Visual Arts of Oaxaca, taller de arquitectura mauricio rocha, 2008
Morillo Space, Root Studio, 2015
Centro de las artes de San Agustin Etla (CASA), Francisco Toledo
Monte Albán



no visa or vaccinations required


  • flights with Iberia (economy) via Madrid to Mexico City
  • for the extension to Oaxaca: flights with Aeromexico (economy)
  • on site, alternating between public transport and private luxury bus


  • Mexico City: NH Collection Mexico City Reforma****, Liverpool 155, with swimming pool, fitness and bar (11 nights).
  • Oaxaca: Casa del Sótano**** or Hotel Marqués del Valle****, depending on the number of enrolments (3 overnight stays)

The committee of the Flemish Council of Architects awarded 5 points to this training activity.

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  • flights and local transfers
  • hotels with breakfast
  • planopli tour guides and local tour guides and exclusive guides
  • entrances to buildings and museums included in the programme
  • travel assistance insurance
  • loguide


  • optional cancellation insurance: 4.33% of the individual travel sum
  • lunches and all evening meals