Acclaimed Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide enlisted Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo to help create a studio space just steps from her home in Barrio del Niño Jesús, Mexico City.
This project was one of familial ties; 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”, as the pair explained in an interview with Interni.
This is particularly evident in the studio created for Iturbide, a three storey building with a material singularity that manages to simultaneously offer warmth and the experience of emptiness. Constructed from exposed bricks—a common element in Mexican houses—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. Set across three levels, the home achieves balance between indoor and outdoor spaces thanks to an abundance of plants, large windows and two semi-enclosed courtyards.