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Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral

Broissin Architects

Project Name

Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral


Puente Xoco

Col. Benito Juarez


Project Status


Year Completed



9,287 sq. meters


Mexican Author and Composer Society


  • Structural Engineer: Armando Serralde

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Project Description

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.

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.

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.

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 façade represents the purity and originality of the Mexican music, inside, the red concert hall represents the Mexican composers´ passion.


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: 9,287 sqm
Site area: 17,679 sqm
Additional information: 550KW backup battery system
Wastewater treatment system
Rainwater recycling system


Concert hall for 850 spectators
156 square meters stage
Recording studio: 100 square meters
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:
Lobby , multipurpose area. 641sqm
Ofices : 740 square meters
102 parking spaces in 4 levels
Council room for 22 persons
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