An old factory in Mexico City has been gutted and repurposed into a modern co-working space with an industrial chic edge. Mexican architects Estudio Atemporal designed the adaptive reuse project, which takes advantage of the existing sawtooth roof and tall ceilings to create airy, light-filled spaces. Bright pops of color, timber surfaces, and an abundance of greenery go a long way in softening the heavy appearance of concrete columns and cinderblocks.



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Located in the AnĂ¡huac neighbourhood, the co-working space, called Guateque, spans an entire city block with a 722-square-meter footprint. The building comprises two joined volumes: a two-story volume with a sawtooth roof and a three-story volume with a flat roof. The former comprises a greater diversity of co-working spaces, while the latter houses parking, communal kitchen and dining, and an open workshop-style space.

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Natural light floods the building through clerestory windows. The architects installed glazed divider walls to delineate spaces within the building without obstructing the light. A mezzanine level was installed to create intimate work areas with low ceilings. Ping-pong tables with yellow boards also punctuate the co-working area.

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Guateque by Estudio Atemporal, Guateque Mexico City, Guateque co-working space, contemporary co-working spaces, co working spaces adaptive reuse, Mexico City co-working spaces, co-working spaces in old factories, industrial factory adaptive reuse