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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Roberto Cantoral Music Hall in Coyoacán, Mexico by Broissin Architects

October 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Broissin Architects

Inspired in the movement of a conductor´s baton, the building design is composed of five concrete roofs moving up and down in harmony to give shape, space and light to the project. Each roof represents a staff´s line, always straight, constant and parallel.

We are looking forward to create a project that lives for the site trees as these will live as a part of it. We cannot think about a dark and traditional concert hall when the project is being developed in a forest area with huge and old trees.

Main Facade (2) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

  • Architects: Broissin Architects
  • Project: Roberto Cantoral Music Hall
  • Location: Coyoacán, Mexico
  • Photographs: Paúl Rivera, Alejandro Rocha
  • Owner: Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México, Armando Manzanero Canché, Roberto Cantoral Zucchi
  • Opening:  June 2012
  • Partner in Charge: Gerardo Broissin
  • Project Manager: David Suárez
  • Project Architects: Mauricio Cristóbal, Rodrigo Jiménez, Alejandro Rocha
  • Team: Enrique Guillén, Adrián Téllez, Gabriela Maldonado, Rubén Zepeda, Luis Muñoz, Erik Guzmán, José Luis Durán, Sara Villanueva, Elizabeth Salinas, Juan Manuel Vargas, Pamela Moreno, Alejandro Castro

Main Facade (1) : Image Courtesy Alejandro Rocha

  • Structural Engineer:
    • Manager: Armando SerraldeCastrejón
  • Civil Engineer and Construction:
    • Company: Macinte S.A. de C.V.
    • Manager:  RaymundoLombera
  • Acoustic Design:
    • Company: SaadAcústica
    • Manager: Omar Saad, George Augspurger
    • Concert hall for 850 spectators
    • 156 square meters stage
    • Recording studio: 100 square meters

Main Facade (3) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

  • Dressing rooms:
    •       Principal (3.60 x 4.60m) with bathroom
    •       Dressing room 1 (2.20m x 4.60m) with bathroom
    •       Dressing room 2 ( 2.20 x 4.60) with bathroom
    •       2 general  dressing rooms( 6.70m x 7.40m /each) with 2 showers, 1 wc and 4 washbasins
  • Service Areas: Bar, Snack, Cloakroom, Toilets
  • Ofices : 740 square meters, 102  parking spaces in 4 levels, Council room for 22 persons

Main Facade (4) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

The lines composing the façade move up and down as branches moving in the wind, letting the sunlight pass through, creating a fantasy parade in the middle of the shadow´s mystery.

Boardroom from the lobby : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Step by step, the visitor discovers the project, a soft and kindly merge between nature and man intervention, walks through the access square with a relaxed mind, just observing everything around him, feeling how the concert hall is more than just steel and concrete,  it is an invitation to reflection, to feel the harmony inside and outside and to discover the wonderful and magic world of music.

Corredor to Boardroom : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

The building wraps you inside, its shape turns into the shape of music. It is not a whim or about fashion, it is just about the sound of music traveling around every space, every seat, every corner, giving shape to every dream, to every song.

Outside, the white concrete in the facade represents the purity and originality of the Mexican music, inside, the red concert hall represents the Mexican composers´ passion.

Green Room : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera


  • Nine thousand square meters, eight hundred and fifty seats, and only one  hundred parking spaces for cars persuading  visitors to use other transportation media.
  • 21 meters from the stage to the farther seat
  • 1.05 meters between rows.
  • Natural light inside the concert hall: saving annually 14,600kwh equal to  10 CO2  tons

Lobby (1) : Image Courtesy Alejandro Rocha

Roof-facade design:

  • Saving annually  75,600kwh because of the reduction of the air conditioning usage.
  • Waterless urinals usage: Saving approximately 88,000 lts/ year
  • Compared to other concert halls, because of the building design, every year,  0.10 tons of CO2  won´t be emitted to the atmosphere, 90,000kwh will be saved and 88,000lts of water  won´t be used.

Lobby (2) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Technical Information: 

  • Seating system:  double herringbone
  • Auditorium layout: Classical Greek with prosceniumstage
  • Structure: Concrete and steel framework, pilot  foundation system
  • Total area:  9,287 sqm
  • Total floor area: 2,000 sqm
  • Volume rate: 1,895 sqm
  • Site area: 17,79sqm
  • Green rate: 775 sqm
  • Additional information:  550KW backup battery system, Wastewater treatment system, Rainwater recycling system

Lobby (3) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Lobby (4) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Lobby (5) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Overall View : Image Courtesy Alejandro Rocha

Posterior Facade San Felipe Street (1) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Posterior Facade San Felipe Street (2) : Image Courtesy Alejandro Rocha

Recording Studio on top,view from front stalls : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Stage from rear Stalls : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Stairway to gates H and F (1) : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Stairway to gates H and F (3) : Image Courtesy Broissin Architetcs

View from Front Chorus : Image Courtesy Paúl Rivera

Image Courtesy Broissin Architetcs

Model : Image Courtesy Broissin Architetcs

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