A Mexican masterpiece

Friday 01 Jul 2011

T3arc's schoolfront Estudio Cinco now a thriving hub of creative activity

Completed eighteen months ago by Mexican practice T3arc, Estudio Cinco in Cuernavaca City has become a Mecca for creative talents in the Morelos region. The 430 sq m complex is an amalgamation of artistic spaces, with a main gallery space on the first floor and numerous individual studios scattered across the second level. Five full time artists are now in residence at the building and more than 60 art students regularly donate their ideas to the exhibition spaces.

The raw internal facilities offer a unique venue for the trading and development of ideas, nurturing young concepts through the entire design process; Estudio Cinco enables artists to meet and expand their plans, create the final artworks and display them to their peers and the local community all within a single architectural volume. The funding for this original location is sourced from a public cafe on the building’s ground floor.

When questioned on the design features that make Estudio Cinco unique, lead architect Alfredo Cano told WAN: “It is unique because it helps the community of Cuernavaca to gather around art; because we managed to create a lot of well thought space with very little money; and it is the only building of its kind in Morelos, Mexico where experimental art can be developed.”

Costing approximately €70,500, the complex has been directly inspired by the untamed natural environment that surrounds it and has been constructed using industrial waste and rock taken from the site excavation. Aside from creating an intrinsic relationship with between the completed structure and its location, this reuse of materials is a direct reflection on the artistic powers of the artists that have come to work in the building.

T3arc also went to great lengths to bring elements of the external environment into the internal gallery spaces, ensuring that each window framed views out towards the neighbouring Mountain range (incorporating the Ajusco and Tepozteco peaks) and the Popocateptl Volcano. One can clearly note the architect’s influences from these natural manifestations in the dusky grey hues of Estudio Cinco.

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