Enorme Studio. A colorful canopy inspired by Mexican popular culture

Collaborating with students and locals, the Spanish studio has completed a structure that favors socialisation and public performances.

Enorme Studio, Arachi, Chihuahua, Messico, 2018

Taller del Desierto is the name of the workshop held by Enorme Studio, in collaboration with students from the ISAD Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño de Chihuahua, in the Santa Cecilia district of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Spanish practice continues its research on urban and civil infrastructures: devices that favor civil action and the renewal of marginal public spaces. The work was preceded by a careful work of listening and conceiving a common imaginary together with the different social groups that populate the neighborhood: an association of Mariachis, the faithful of a nearby church, children and teenagers playing at the park and parents who observe them.

From the first phase of analysis, the shared need to create a large shaded space for public performances and socialisation emerged. The project is inspired by the alebrije, typical Mexican folklore figures, totemic and colorful animals from which derive the geometric patterns and the bright shades of the pavilion. The project presents a metal structure that supports a canopy, with seats and beds of hollow bricks, whose arrangement and composition was created by the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

Taller del Desierto – Arachi
Colonia Santa Cecilia. Chihuahua, Mexico
Enorme Studio
Local architects:
Miguel Heredia, Juan Castillo
Alexa Baca, Jesús Córdova, Luisa González, Nancy Guzmán, Arish Lara, Jonathan Olivas, Diana Ortiz, Abril Vázquez, Tania J. Castillo, Ariel Rosas, Jaheel Araiza, Julio Pérez, Denisse Salgado, Jessica Ortega, Danya L. Estrada, Diana Carolina Flores, Karen Araceli, Regina Ramírez, Valeria Pomian
In collaboration with:
ISAD Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño de Chihuahua
Agents and associations:
Fundación Umbral, Fundación A+bien

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