Mexico City. An urban rug made of wood

Wasa studio designed an modular and interactive public installation where citizens could create their own floor pattern.

Wasa, Tapetito Tapetote, Mexico City, 2018

During Mextrópoli 2018, Wasa studio designed Tapetito Tapetote, an interactive installation in a public space in Mexico City. “The city that interests us is not the one that just places another object, but the one that places a situation among its citizens,” the architects explained. “We wanted to encourage the citizens to participate in the pavilion’s construction.”

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Located in Alameda Central between Palacio de Bellas Artes and Hemiciclo a Juárez, the pavilion was made out of 72 square wooden modules. Each module was made of 40 individual wood pieces on the bottom and 40 pieces on the top. In total there were 6 different types of modules, each one had a different arrange to create different patterns. This pattern resembled a big rug made of smaller parts. Here the title of the installation: “Tapetito Tapetote” actually means small rug, big rug.

Tapetito Tapetote
public space
Mexico City
Design team:
Guillermo Acosta, Alejandra Avalos, Silvana Barrios, Alan Ríos

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