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A balustraded mezzanine seen through triple-height glazing hints at this striking cultural centre’s former life as an early 20th-century home. Once inside the concrete volume, visitors are surrounded by soaring bookcases that establish the modern identity of the must-visit bookstore, just one of the new volumes that local firms Fernanda Canales and Arquitectura 911sc wrapped around the old residence in the southern Coyoacán
district. fernandacanales.com, arq911.com

Elena Garro Cultural center

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2016
People’s ChoiceBuildings Over 1,000SqM
Location
Porto, Portugal
Firm
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2016
Award of MeritBuildings Over 1,000SqM
Location
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Firm
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2021
WinnerBuildings Over 1,000SqM
Location
Jingdezhen, China
Firm
Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing, China