'mini-studio' by FRENTEarquitectura, colonia del vale, mexico city
image credits: paul czitrom & onnis luque
FRENTEarquitectura has completed 'mini-studio', an art workshop located in colonia del vale, mexico city, mexico.
using trapezoidal shapes and by controlling the perspective, vanishing points are emphasized achieving a dynamic and fluid space that awakens
imagination while stimulating creativity. this area is limited to only 27 square meters and is nested in a small gap that was originally occupied by
a storage room in the backyard of a residence.
due to the south orientation of the site, the main challenge was to avoid the entry of direct sunlight into the space without eliminating
the view towards the garden. to achieve this, the upper-level volume extrudes itself southward to project its shadow over the ground-floor
window that connects the studio with the exterior. the sloped roof slabs block the sun rays from the working area.
allowing the subtle entrance of uniform light over the double-height ceilings amplifies the scale of the levels.
the mezzanine gently rests over a wall at the back of the studio and pushes itself towards the exterior suspending its angled floor over the garden
integrating it to the outdoor space. whereas, the ground-floor glazed door opens from side to side to completely vanish the border between the indoor
and outdoor environments. a small window at the top of the facade produces a triangular shadow throughout the day providing movement to the volume.
glass doors open the space to the garden
stairs to mezzanine level
access to exterior
typology: studio / art workshop
location: colonia del vale, mexico city
constructed area: 48sqm
design year: 2010
construction year: 2011
architectural design: juan pablo maza
project team: daniel nava, estefanía hoth
photographers: paul czitrom & onnis luque