Otra Arquitectura Office

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Otra Arquitectura turned a small abandoned space in downtown Monterrey, Mexico, into their office/workshop.

The space is barely 60 square meter, and built mainly out of ashlar walls covered in several layers of stucco and paint acquired over the years. The ashlar walls were stripped down to its original state, to take advantage of its texture and colors, giving the space a warm feeling.

Color is very important in this project, and a range of 5 colors was selected based on the colors os the office’s image and colors already existing in the nearby area, that fit perfectly with the kind of derelict surrounding in which the project is located. The colors are purple, red, orange, yellow and green.

The main space is divided into the office’s lobby and the workshop by a garden wall. The flowerpots from the lower garden wall seem to absurd the floor’s purple color, and gently turn into a yellow, as if the flowerpots were pixels in an image. The plants in each flowerpot, combined with the ashlar walls, provide the office with a fresh, cool, clean environment.

In the workshop, vinyl graphics are used in the purple polyurethane covered floor, in the shape of comic bubbles pointing towards the chairs, describing the job of each chair occupant with written sounds.

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Photos by Caroga Foto

Special thanks to CÚsar Bejarano from Otra Arquitectura for sharing.

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