Mexico City–based architect Fernando Romero founded his firm FR-EE, Fernando Romero Enterprise, in 2000, but was only recently catapulted to stardom in 2011, after he completed the Museo Soumaya, in Mexico City. Many of his designs, which bear some resemblance to Dutch architect Rem Koolhass's creations, which he worked with for three years, remain conceptual. But the architect's modern, technology-heavy, and history-infused style is also slowly remaking Mexico City.
Romero's most recent project, El Sol, is a crystal orb with a tessellated surface comprised of triangular prisms. Commissioned by Swarovksi for Design Miami, the piece also features a soundtrack of acoustic waves produced by the sun, recorded since the 1970s by astronomers at the University of Birmingham. The architect has also been awarded three high–profile projects: the Mazatlán Museum, the mile–long elevated park along Mexico City's Avenidao Chapultepec, one of Mexico City's major roads, and the Mexico City International Airport, designed along with Foster + Partners.
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