Milan 44 is located in Colonia Juarez in Mexico City, a neighborhood situated near Downtown which has a lot of history, infrastructure and a great geographical position.
The existing structure in which we worked on, a four-story warehouse originally destined to auto-parts sale and that had a small office, was designed in an utilitarian way. The importance of rescuing this structure makes sense due to its reticular form – beams and columns – which is very regular and lets integrate any type of program. The new program is an extension of the City, going inside and up, and it’s public; a local two-story market, which combines a couple of restaurants and a yoga studio. The intervention changes the flow of the building, originally a warehouse with blind facades, which is now a structure open to the City and that can change its program over time.