After 10 years together as founding partners of PKMN Architectures, , and regrouped and relaunched as , a design-build firm specializing in developing mobile systems for residential, corporate, and retail applications.
Eager to flaunt their expertise for a hometown audience, the trio teamed with , a local co-working space that caters to creative types, to conceive , a portable office and urban laboratory that popped up to coincide with this winter’s .
At first glance, the installation on the city’s Plaza Santa María Soledad Torres Acosta resembles a gable roof in profile, painted with a stylized depiction of a mountain range. As visitors draw closer, they realize the structure is actually three separate pieces: a greenhouse-like central room flanked by triangular seating areas, the raw plywood steps interspersed with mossy growths. But since the seating assemblies are on wheels, they have the ability to detach and move to create independent elements.
Inside the office, inquisitive workers will find straightforward plywood workstations boasting USB charging points and solar-powered reading lights, as well as oversized floor cushions for cozy confabs. The space will also host various workshops and discussions on urban planning with designers who are imagining new ways of making cities.
The installation will remain in place—unless it rolls—until the festival wraps up on February 28.