Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo
Mexico City, Mexico
Mauricio Rocha Iturbide Gabriela Carrillo Valadez
Rafael Carrillo (Construction ) Gerson Huerta (Structural Engineering) Pavel Escobedo (Architect ) Esterlina Campusano (Architect ) Elizabeth Waites (Arquitect )
Graciela Iturbide Guerra
In its interior three planes of wood, concrete and marble appear tensed from one side to another creating a pair of voids of multiple heights, which in the near future will become patios with gardening, authorship of its owner. Its interior facades insinuate almost imperceptibly the conditions of the context that surrounds them with clay that does not let the light through and later become shadows. The services, circulations and a long book shelf group as a vertical element that integrates to the containing walls, to practically disappear and highlight the clay volume.
In a site with dimensions of 7x14 meters, in the Niño Jesus neighborhood, just a few steps from Graciela Iturbide’s home. In this context rises a small tower of just three levels that literally extrudes its floor plant measures to become a solid piece of clay that is De-constructed to its own materiality in very fine and almost imperceptible tensions of steel.
A piece that most importantly seek for silence, synthesis, continuity and a repetitive and almost obsessive use of a singular material. It strategically took advantage of its shape and proportions in a way that concrete could disappear from the structure and it became self-carried. A piece that aspires to become mass and emptiness, an ethereal volume that disappears with the light and shadow; that stops being so that the strong atmosphere transmitted by this woman whom we admire lives in it and is empowered.