The Mexican-based office Rojkind Arquitectos (Spanish for Architects) have recently released their latest project to the public, Foro Boca, which has also broke ground in the first days of July 2015. The project is located in a city and municipality located in the Mexican State of Veracruz, called Boca Del Rio. A city which has been musically developed and enriched over the year, reaching the climax of the formation of its own Philarmonic Orchestra in 2014. The Orchestra has attracted local and foreign musicians through its diverse musical performances, making Boca Del Rio the centre of cultural activity in Veracruz.
Rojkind Arquitectos have not convinced me with the overall design of this buildings. First of all i see some geometric blocks that are put together to create its form. This form does not open up allowing light in and views out to the surroundings-as seen by the computer-produced images. In my opinion it is unacceptable for a building to be placed on such an exquisite location and not frame views of the see and river. I can imagine this same design being implemented somewhere inland which is something not particularly good. It is a space intended to accommodate the public but it feels like it is strictly closed to itself. It should be open, transparent, fluid. Furthermore, the west elevation looks extremely similar to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Is this a coincidence? I really do not think so my dear architects.