Arqmov Workshop took on the challenge of converting this older apartment in Polanco, Mexico City, to an artist studio for a graphic designer with a powerful personality.

Old service areas were transformed into new bathrooms, a breakfast nook and storage space, while a roofed conservatory, an extra bedroom and an open kitchen complete the design. “The removal of old carpets, wall finishes and drop ceilings uncovered perfectly polished concrete floors, which were sealed and left exposed in the common areas,” the architects said. The new electrical wiring was left visible on the underside of the concrete grid as well.

The variety of materials for this project is rich and visually exciting. Synthetic materials, such as the aubergine-purple for the kitchen cabinetry, sit alongside raw materials, a recycled timber beam used for the breakfast bench, and the metallic tube reminiscent of a bus stop, rounds out the materials to form the seating.

The lighting designs utilized Quasar luminaries (from Prisma), while custom-made metal wall lamps were envisioned for the breakfast area. These particular details plus the possibility of dimming the light in each room create a variety of functional spaces and ambiances. [Photographs courtesy of Arqmov Workshop]

What is your favorite element of this converted artist’s studio?