NEWS
First look at Esrawe Studio’s megalithic concept store and showroom for Grupo Arca
POSTED 14 Jun 2019 . BY Andrew Manns
The Design Center is a platform that stimulates dialogue and knowledge; its main objective is to promote cultural and creative expression in Mexico
– Héctor Esrawe
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.


The attached warehouse holds a stock of natural stone Credit: Grupo Arca
Products are on display to inspire creative applications Credit: Grupo Arca
Grupo Arca also supplies bricks with a wide range of finishes Credit: Grupo Arca
The 'Agora' space serves as a venue for public lectures Credit: Jaime Navarro
The showroom also has a coffee shop for customers Credit: Grupo Arca
The materials showroom is home to a research library for architects and designers Credit: Grupo Arca
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - First look at Esrawe Studio’s megalithic concept store and showroom for Grupo Arca...
17 Sep 2019 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

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.





Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
The Oberoi, Marrakech to include spa set among olive and citrus groves
The Oberoi, Marrakech to include spa set among olive and citrus groves   17 Sep 2019

The Oberoi Group will open its newest resort in Marrakech on 1 December 2019, located on 28 acres of landscaped gardens with citrus orchards, olive .... more>>
Victoria Beckham hints at plans to enter the wellness market
Victoria Beckham hints at plans to enter the wellness market   17 Sep 2019

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham has indicated she may move into the wellness market, potentially mounting a challenge to Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh .... more>>
European health hotel spa brand Ensana launches with 26 properties
European health hotel spa brand Ensana launches with 26 properties   17 Sep 2019

Danubius Hotels Group (DHG), one of Europe's largest health spa operators, has launched a brand for its health spa hotels. Called Ensana Health Spa .... more>>
Study: fitness boosts brainpower in adults
Study: fitness boosts brainpower in adults   17 Sep 2019

Physical fitness has been associated with better brain structure and brain functioning in adults. The findings of a study, led by Dr Jonathan Repple .... more>>
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien receive Praemium Imperiale Award
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien receive Praemium Imperiale Award   17 Sep 2019

New York-based Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, who are currently designing the Barack Obama Presidential Center, have received the 2019 Praemium .... more>>
Antorcha leaves SeaWorld after seven months, interim CEO in place
Antorcha leaves SeaWorld after seven months, interim CEO in place   17 Sep 2019

SeaWorld CEO Gus Antorcha has resigned from his position after just seven months in the role, with chief financial officer Marc Swanson stepping up as .... more>>
Company profile


Booker by MINDBODY

Booker by Mindbody is an all-in-one management solution to run and grow your spa. Booker gives you access to a powerful tool that will help you promote your business and retain customers.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Book4Time puts the focus back on the guests

Book4Time puts the focus back on the guests

In a competitive spa market, guest experience will make or break your business. More>>




in this issue

• CMO: any exercise is good for you
• Exercise on NHS could be 'miracle cure'
• Blair Drummond invests £1m in Sea Lion Enclosure



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Ballet Teacher
Location: Sutton, UK
Company: GLL
CRM Executive
Salary: Up to £27,991 PA plus 8% Bonus after qualified
Location: London SE18 6SX, UK
Company: GLL
Personal / Fitness Trainer - Gloucester
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Gloucestershire, England
Company: The Gym Group
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Social good: Ivo Gormley
GoodGym founder Ivo Gormley fights back against loneliness in society More>>
  Profile: Aaron Simpson
Quintessentially is an exclusive concierge service for some of the world’s richest people. Co-founder Aaron Simpson reveals what wealthy people want More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Adult play: Making a big play
LM reports on the emerging trend of adults playing like kids More>>
  Green space: Space age
With land at a premium, the definition of public parks and green space is evolving More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd