Mexico. A white and precise architecture becomes a market and frames a rural building

The project by HW-Studio in Morelia, Mexico, turns a winery into a gastronomic market, enhancing the different layers of place’s history.


In the town of Morelia, Mexico, HW-Studio turned an old winery into a gastronomic market. Mexican studio combined its contemporary language with the architectures of the past, exploring possible relationships and dialectics between both. That existing building was the backyard of a residence. However, over time, reforms, ownership changes and different uses of the place, some modifications took place, causing the space to lose its essence.

HW-Studio identified some compositional elements of these places: axes, axial routes, volumes, sky, trees, natural materials, and they incorporated them into a new project, trying to achieve a balance between the new and the old. The project formally and materially has a different nature: a white and defined nature that demonstrates its own presence. Its most important function is to frame, without exclusion, the different layers of architectural history left over the centuries.

Img.10 HW Studio, Mercado Cantera, Morelia, Mexico, 2018
HW Studio, Mercado Cantera, Morelia, Mexico, 2018
Mercado Cantera
HW-Studio – Rogelio Vallejo Bores
Design team:
Oscar Didier Ascencio Castro
Bruno Mespullet e Angeles Zambrano
320 sqm

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