A workshop in Buenos Aires gets updated to multitasking

Flooded with the zenithal light of a skylight, a workshop in Buenos Aires updates its mission through the design of an equipped mezzanine that becomes an infrastructure for research, production and social activities.

Illuminated by an imposing two-meter-high skylight, a 150-square-meter atelier located in the Villa Crespo district of Buenos Aires has been redesigned by Nu architectural firm with the aim of updating the organization of the space’s new activities. Originally owned by the family of one of the architects for three generations, the laboratory was originally dedicated to the production of metal components for the dental industry. Over time, production has lost its specialization, first turning into a generic laboratory for wood and metalworking, and then opening up to the coexistence of small offices of architects and designers and the setting up of exhibitions.

The new operates in continuity with the original vocation and physiognomy of the space. Accessible from a small external courtyard, the large nave is equipped with a mezzanine made of a light metal structure that houses the laboratories on the lower floor and three offices on the upper floor. Folding doors in frosted glass allow the individual laboratories to be closed or opened when necessary, keeping alive the aesthetics of a “hands on” place. On the upper floor, bleached plywood cladding has a visual detachment that gives greater smoothness, the same that we find in bathrooms and kitchens, where all materials are called to dialogue, emphasizing the idea of a protected space within a larger container.

Buenos Aires
Nu - Delfina Riverti / Santiago Passalacqua
150 sqm

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