Translucent glass doorways fold open to disclose the studio that structure agency Estudio Nu has created inside a dental mechanics workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Estudio Nu had shared the Lerma workshop within the metropolis’s Villa Crespo neighbourhood with an artist for years however needed to replace the amenities to accommodate extra tenants.
“Lerma began as our shed to design and check out totally different shapes and methods for our furnishings assortment,” studio co-founder Santiago Passalacqua advised Dezeen.
“Now we nonetheless work there however we have now prolonged the area so extra initiatives can happen there.”
Passalacqua had inherited the area from his household. The architect’s great-grandfather, a mechanical engineer and inventor, constructed the studio after which his son had used it to make dental mechanics.
Estudio Nu’s renovation aimed to maintain as a lot of the present construction as potential just like the thick structural beams and a protracted skylight that runs by means of the workshop.
To realize this, it launched a brand new metallic quantity to run down one facet of the 150-square-metre, to create a non-public workspace on the bottom stage and an open-air area above.
The studio selected translucent glass doorways and partitions between the areas above to match the rooflight above.
A big workshop, kitchen and toilet are situated on the bottom stage. A staircase is slotted between the kitchen and the workshop to steer as much as the mezzanine, which comprises three separate workspaces.
The primary area is left open for overflow and group actions like ping pong.
Estudio Nu selected supplies to enhance the straightforward aesthetic of white-painted partitions and uncovered concrete flooring inside. Many interventions such because the staircase, flooring and partitions are product of pale wooden.
Color is launched by the speckled pink kitchen tiles and toilet tiles. They’re supposed to be paying homage to the flooring within the courtyard on the entrance, which is embellished with greenery.
Lerma joins quite a lot of workspaces that make use of outdated constructions. Examples embody the structure workplace of AMAA, which is situated in an deserted plumbing manufacturing unit and on-line design retailer Radnor’s studio inside The Previous American Can Manufacturing facility in Brooklyn.
Images is by Javier Agustín Rojas.
Lead architects: Delfina Riverti and Santiago Passalacqua
Landscaping: Estación Salvaje and Julieta Riverti