A studio and roof terrace in an adjoining house to the Frida Kahlo Garden in Mexico City ends facing Venustiano Carranza Street in La Conchita patrimonial wooded square. The program consists of a space divided by a base cabinet with different uses: an office and living room on one side, and the other half as a TV room and guest bedroom. The folding bed is hidden in one side of the wall divider of the bathroom that serves this transformable space. The terrace surface is made of hardwood deck with some existing skylights of the original house. The height facing the park has been protected by a steel and light cable railing painted in black. The studio is 660 square feet and 1,940 square feet including the wooden terrace.
The steel structure has been painted in matte black. The roof is a metal insulated system supported by I beams with a white plaster ceiling lined with the surrounding glazed skylights that give the appearance of different separated planes accentuating the Cartesian rigor of the work. The house has a courtyard that in the 1980s was covered with glass skylights and a metal stair with a white huge tubular railing. It is noteworthy that the house on the outside slavishly respects the type imposed regulations in the area. The studio makes a difference in both language and time, showing itself as an unrestricted and lighter space. The black color of the structure emphasizes simplicity and passes unnoticed. The windows open onto the terrace with a system of sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors, opening half of the façade. Plant pots with flowers have been set beside the existing house skylights to protect them from eventual stumbles. Accurate lighting accents set on the terrace convert the studio into a light box at night.
Architecture: Raul Peña A. Architects Location: Mexico City Area: 667 square feet Year: 2014 Photographs: Alberto Moreno Guzman, Raul Peña Arias Structural Engineer: Vicente Robles Jara