A colonial home in Mérida, Mexico has been revitalised right into a cultural hub for the town’s annual pageant of lights by native studio Workshop Architects.
The humanities centre and workshop has been designed to host guests and artists attending the Pageant Internacional de Las Luces (FILUX) within the Mexican metropolis
Workshop Architects renovated the historic construction within the metropolis’s downtown space, with the intention of preserving architectural particulars that replicate Mérida’s wealthy colonial heritage whereas updating the constructing for the 21st century.
The structure studio repainted each the outside and inside of the constructing shiny white and retained current wooden doorways, vibrant tile flooring and gridded home windows to evoke the character of the property.
The 2-storey construction, known as Filux Lab, has 5 rooms on the bottom degree which might be accessed from a tiled patio and pebbled courtyard. Inside, the rooms are left naked for non permanent lighting installations for the pageant.
“Filux Lab’s worldwide program relies on experimentation, manufacturing, promotion and exhibition of cultural tasks which take mild and cinema as their start line,” mentioned Workshop Architects.
“All the weather that make up the constructing’s structure – together with flooring, partitions, ceilings, and doorways – can be utilized for inventive interventions. White and impartial colors got here from this identical want.”
Not one of the exhibition rooms has fastened lighting, guaranteeing every is versatile and adaptable to be used in the course of the pageant.
A few of the mild designs which have already been featured in Filux Lab are by artists Orfeo Quagliata, Toto Martínez with Benjamín García, Miguel Bolivar, Luis Ramírez, Diego Cano and Marcelo Schuster.
Filux Lab goals to have interaction the local people with artwork and its courtyard has a graphic projected onto a wall at nighttime to create an immersive out of doors expertise.
Metal ribbing flanks courtyard at Palace for Mexican Music
“It serves as a gathering level between artists, specialists and the general public,” mentioned Workshop Architects.
“The again esplanade, with its extra trendy and daring design, breaks with the normal studying of the Yucatan colonial structure,” the studio continued.
“It invitations customers to experiment with the excessive partitions that are perfect for projections and that, because of the completely different mouldings across the openings and using lattices within the partitions, supply infinite choices to play with lighting.”
The constructing’s one-storey road facade, which accommodates the artwork centre’s entrance, has been repainted mild blue. This barrier is in distinction to the stark white of the rooms that encompass the courtyard.
Above the exhibition areas on the primary flooring of the centre are administrative places of work, accessed from a sculptural, spiral metal staircase painted white to match the remainder of the constructing.
Filux Lab is full with a small rooftop patio, and two restrooms on the bottom degree.
Along with this challenge, different buildings in Mérida are the Palace for Mexican Music live performance corridor and TACO’s pink-toned structure studio.
Images is by Tamara Uribe.
Design and development group: Francisco Bernés Aranda, Fabián Gutiérrez Cetina, Alejandro Bargas Cicero, Isabel Bargas Cicero
Lighting designer: Luca Salas Bassani