Mini-Studio Mexico, Colonia Del Valle Building, Mexican Studio Design

Mini-Studio, Mexico City : Workshop in Cerrada de Coyoacán

Artists Workshop Mexico City – design by FRENTEarquitectura

23 Apr 2012


Design: FRENTEarquitectura


Location: Cerrada de Coyoacán, Colonia Del Valle, Mexico City

Project Description

Using trapezoidal shapes and with a careful control of perspective, vanishing points are emphasized, achieving a dynamic and fluid space that awakens imagination while stimulating creativity.

Mini-Studio Cerrada de Coyoacán
photo : Juan Pablo Maza

This Mini-Studio, limited to only 27sqm of footprint, is nested in a small gap originally occupied by a storage-room (between 3 existing constructions), in the backyard of a middle-class house in Mexico City.

Being and artistic workshop and due to the south orientation of the site, the main challenge was to avoid the entry of direct sunlight into the space, without cancelling the view towards the garden.

To achieve this, the upper-level volume thrusts itself southward to project its shadow over the large (ground-floor) window that connects the studio with the exterior.

Mini-Studio Mini-Studio Colonia Del Valle Mini-Studio Mexico City
photos : Onnis Luque

The sloped roof slabs block away the sun rays from the working area, allowing the subtle entrance of uniform light over the double-height ceilings which communicate both levels, amplifying the scale.

Mini Studio Colonia Del Valle Mini Studio Mexico City Mini-Studio Mexico
photos : Onnis Luque

The mezzanine gently rests over a wall at the back of the studio and launches itself towards the exterior dissolving the outline marked by the floor, to end suspended over the garden integrating it to the space. At the same time, the ground-floor glazed door, opens from side to side to completely vanish the border between interior and exterior.

A small gesture at the top of the façade produces a size changing triangular shadow throughout the day, providing movement to the volume.

Mini-Studio Cerrada de Coyoacán
photo : Paul Czitrom

Mini-Studio – Building Information

Name of the Project: Mini-Studio
Typology: Studio (artistic workshop)
Location: Cerrada de Coyoacán, Colonia Del Valle, Mexico City
Gross Floor Area: 48 sqm
Status: Finished
Site Area: 27 sqm
Design Year: 2010
Construction Year: 2011

Building System – (Traditional low cost building system):
Reinforced concrete slab Foundation.
Load-bearing red brick walls confined with reinforced concrete elements.
Concrete slabs in mezzanine floor and roof.

Name of the office: FRENTEarquitectura

Architect: Juan Pablo Maza
Collaborators: Daniel Nava, Estefanía Hoth

Photographs: Juan Pablo Maza ; Paul Czitrom ; Onnis Luque

MINI-STUDIO Plans ; Elevations:
MINI-STUDIO Cerrada de Coyoacán MINI-STUDIO Cerrada de Coyoacán
images : FRENTEarquitectura

Mini-Studio images / information from FRENTEarquitectura

FRENTEarquitectura are based in México D.F.

Location: Cerrada de Coyoacán, Colonia Del Valle, Mexico City, México, North America

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