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14 Jun 2019

First look at Esrawe Studio’s megalithic concept store and showroom for Grupo Arca
BY Andrew Manns

The materials showroom has an exterior which pays homage to Grupo Arca's mastery of stone

The materials showroom has an exterior which pays homage to Grupo Arca's mastery of stone
photo: César Béjar

Mexican architecture practice Esrawe Studio have designed a minimalist warehouse and showroom for natural materials distributor Arca Grupo in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Called the “Design Center”, the 6,500 sq m building is inspired by ancient stone quarries and comprises a cafeteria, shop, library, multipurpose hall, and various interior and exterior exhibition spaces.

“A quarry is the evidence of man’s action on nature,” said Esrawe's principal, Héctor Esrawe.

“This is a 'manufactured landscape'," he added, “an organic architecture created by the trace of the search for raw materials, which brings us back to their origins.”

The focal point of the structure is a travertine-clad public area for speaking events termed the "Agora”.

According to the architects, the Agora, which connects visitors to the centre's retail and display areas, has a “museographic character”, serving primarily to educate customers about modern architecture.

Esrawe explained: “The Agora promotes learning and helps others to understand why and how architecture, design, art, and culture are generated in Mexico and worldwide.”

Other members of the project team included CDM Casas De México – the building contractor – and PAAR Paisaje Arquitectura.





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