Architect Francisco Pardo gave new life to an old warehouse in Mexico City by transforming it into a vibrant urban market. The four-story structure once served as an auto parts shop, however it now features a two-story local grocer, restaurants, a barber’s shop and a yoga studio. The top floor is open to the public and hosts a beer bar.
The main challenge for the architects was to adapt the original structure to the new dynamics of the area. They decided to integrate a regular grid of exposed concrete beams, columns and slabs into the venue’s new public role.
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“Through it, the street folds to the inside and upwards” says Francisco Pardo, founder of the architectural practice “it’s like a vortex that transversely crosses the building, pulling the street right up to the rooftop”.
Photos by Diana Arnau