Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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The hotel is part of the new Ria 2000 master plan of the City of Bilbao, several blocks away from the Guggenheim Museum. Inspired by the work of the artist Chillida and the solid roots, history and culture of the Basque Country, the building is treated like a solid stone block, relieved by a lattice of perforations. More
[L-R] Ricardo Legorreta and Victor Legorreta
"Legorreta Arquitectos was founded more than 40 years ago by Ricardo Legorreta, Noe Castro and Carlos Vargas senior. Since then, the objective has been to achieve the best architecture, inspired through human values.
During the 60's and 70's Legorreta Arquitectos was well known for its work such as the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City, Cancun and Ixtapa, office buildings for Seguros America Banamex and IBM in Mexico, laboratories and factories for Kodak, Smith & Kline, Nissan and Renault, as well as low income housing projects for Infonavit and several residential works.
In the 80's, Legorreta Arquitectos started designing for other countries and collaborated successfully with different local architects. Allowing for assistance with local codes, continuous contact with the client, and elaboration of construction documents.
At the beginning of the 90's Victor Legorreta, son of Ricardo Legorreta, joined the firm. Leading a group of young architects, together with Ricardo Legorreta, he is involved in the design of all projects.
In 2000, the office name changed to "Legorreta + Legorreta", which represents more than a name: the current organization."
From more than 200 Legorreta + Legorreta projects, the more relevant buildings are: the Santa Fe Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico | Chiron Life & Science Laboratories in San Francisco, California | The Tech Museum in San Jose | Schwab Residential Student Center in Stanford, California | San Antonio Library in Texas | National Center for the Arts in Mexico City | Managua Cathedral in Nicaragua; MARCO Museum and the Library of Monterrey, Mexico | Solana Master Plan and IBM Offices in Westlake-Southlake, Texas | Camino Real Hotels in Mexico City, Ixtapa, Cancun and Bilbao.
Some of their recent works include a residential Compound in Madrid | El Roble Offices in Salvador and Costa Rica | the Foreign Affairs Secretariat and the Upper Court of Justice in Mexico City | the Mexican Museum in San Francisco | Multiplaza Center in San Salvador | the Texas A&M Engineering College | the College of Business & Computer Science in Qatar | Residential Projects in Israel, Japan, Brazil, Salvador, USA and Mexico | Residencial Complex in Playacar, Puerto Aventuras | 2 hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
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