covachita: workshop in mexico
covachita: workshop in mexico covachita: workshop in mexico
oct 25, 2012

covachita: workshop in mexico

‘workshop’ by covachita, nuevo leon, mexico image © covachita all images courtesy of covachita



in the town of san pedro garza garcia in the nuevo leon region of mexico, local firm covachita has completed their ‘workshop’ amongst the indigenous mountainous terrain overlooking a valley. the project stems largely from the experimentation in redesigning the typical rigid development process which most always compromises the potential of site and owner. the transient nature of the prefabricated system frees the designer from the legal fetters of local authorities and regional ordinances, and more importantly offers the capability for change at virtually no cost to the immediate environment.

the dwelling uses a set of rough raw materials, as if extracted directly from their source and tailored to suit their architectural purpose without conceding any purity. a light black steel frame sets up a modularity, infilled with large glass panels and natural stock plywood sheets covering the floor. the roof structure is a simple grid of wood beams and joists connected with standard hangers so that any piece can be easily (and economically) replaced at any point. the ‘temporary’ structure also forms a relationship to its ‘permanent’ site, using existing graffiti-ed concrete retaining wall sections and massive blocks as a backdrop and furniture pieces. large stones are fitted together to make a highly textured exterior floor. rebar mesh sheets are tied together to form pedestals for old pavers to create an outdoor staircase.



entry courtyard image © covachita



table and bench made from abandoned concrete slabs image © covachita



view towards entrance image © covachita



entry to house image © covachita



reflecting pond image © covachita



glass walls wrap the structure image © covachita



original wall left intact with large stones comprising the floor image © covachita



image © covachita



light steel frame supports wood rafters on the roof image © covachita



image © covachita



plywood sheets for the flooring image © covachita



table made from reclaimed sawhorses image © covachita



fixture details images © covachita



roof construction image © covachita



image © covachita



paver stairs image © covachita



image © covachita



bathroom image © covachita



floor plan / level 0




exploded axonometric

  • They were on the right track with the mosaic and graffiti…then it all went kind of predictable…including the Scarpa riff.

    Chaszr says:
  • omg it is really amazing read a news from where i live…regards to you all from Monterrey MEXICO

    ALLAH says:
  • increible proyecto, muchas felicidades

    jorge mdahuar says:
  • so what\’s wrong with a little Scarpa riffing?

    dbkii says:
  • This is really beautiful and it really respects the essence of the site, love it, i only have two problems, first being a mexican, i would never live in a house without steel grills on windows, it is simply not doable, your house would be ripped off in less than a month but maybe there’s electric fencing around the perimeter, doesn’t show. Second: Is there a shower?

    ollin says:
  • muy buen diseño

    Roman Calero says:
  • Ollin, It’s not a house, it’s a workshop so it doesn’t need a shower.

    yo says:
  • What Ollin said. Exactly.

    pasha says:
  • Maravilhoso!

    L. says:
  • it”s got this rustic charm that i really love about my own def of architecture. talk about recyclability, wise use at least in terms of unpolished state of mats!

    Irmiya Vascochino says:
  • Eu sou um arquiteto,and i find this work really impressive. @Irmiya Vascochino, are you both basque and chinese?

    Fortis Joao says:

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