ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico

Ezequiel Farca Studio revives multi-use building in Mérida

 

Casa Escuela, located in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, is a multidisciplinary residence designed by Ezequiel Farca Studio. Originally built in 1919 as a private home, it was converted into a co-ed school in 1965. After the school closed in 2011, the building was acquired by new owners who reopened it in 2018 as a community center.

 

The mission of founder Mónica Calderón is to create a space for learning across cultural and artistic disciplines. Casa Escuela welcomes artists, creatives, teachers, chefs, and wellness experts to inspire and engage with the local community. The four-year restoration project aimed to preserve the historical architecture while incorporating contemporary design elements.

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
all images by Tamara Uribe unless stated otherwise

 

 

Casa Escuela promotes art and supports local artists

 

Casa Escuela is dedicated to promoting art and supporting local artists. The center seeks to engage new audiences, encourage art collecting, and foster dialogue about contemporary practices and regional influences. The space honors Mexican tradition and embraces the collaborative nature of knowledge, building connections with other cultures.

 

For the designers at Ezequiel Farca Studio, Casa Escuela serves as a bridge between the past and the future. The century-old architectural beauty has been repurposed to facilitate learning and the exchange of ideas across diverse cultural and artistic domains. Here, the past and present harmonize to inspire the future.

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
Casa Escuela is a multidisciplinary residence in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico | image by Fernando Marroquín

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
redesigned by Ezequiel Farca Studio, the building dates back to 1919 | image by Fernando Marroquín

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
Casa Escuela promotes art and supports local artists

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
the four-year restoration preserved historical architecture with contemporary design elements

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
the design bridges the past and future, repurposing the century-old architecture

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
the past and present harmonize at Casa Escuela to inspire future learning and creativity

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the center fosters engagement and inspiration within the local community

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
Casa Escuela welcomes artists, creatives, teachers, chefs, and wellness experts

ezequiel farca studio's cultural community center replaces historical school in mexico
Casa Escuela builds connections with other cultures | image by Fernando Marroquín

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the space honors Mexican tradition while embracing collaborative knowledge

 

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image by Fernando Marroquín
image by Fernando Marroquín
image by Tamara Uribe
image by Tamara Uribe
ground floor plan
ground floor plan

project info:

 

name: Casa Escuela | @casa.escuela
architect: Ezequiel Farca Studio | @ezequielfarcastudio

design team: Ezequiel Farca, Mónica Calderón | @monicacald

area: 766 sqm

location: Mérida, Yucatán, México

photography: Tamara Uribe | @tamarauribephFernando Marroquín | @fernandomarroquint

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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