written by Rita Gomes
The Unique Red Brick Studio was built for the acclaimed Mexican photographer, Graciela Iturbide was enlisted as Taller the Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, so she can help to create a studio space with just a few steps from her home in Barrio del Niño Jesús, Mexico City.
This is a family project, Mauricio Rocha is the son of Iturbide and architect Manuel Rocha Diaz. Together with Gabriela Carrillo, the work of Taller de Arquitectura approaches architecture in a conscious way, attempting “to provide a response to the place in which we live, our places, our economic and social situations” and to “translate the traditions and materials of the places in which we operate in a contemporary way, not through fashionable forms or fireworks, but with silence, space, the experience of emptiness”.
This is particularly evident in the studio created for Iturbide, a three-story building with a material singularity that manages to simultaneously offer warmth and the experience of emptiness. Constructed from exposed bricks, the formal quality of the material changes depending on its usage. From tessellated flooring to interlocking walls, the studio of bricks feels aesthetically harmonious, but never boring thanks to its innovative design.
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