Frida Escobedo's Casa Negra inspired by the camera obscura | Dezeen | Architecture

Frida Escobedo talks about one of her first residential projects, Casa Negra, in the third instalment of a series of short movies about the Mexican architect. 

In an exclusive interview, Escobedo tells Dezeen that a house she designed for an acquaintance was influenced by the function of a camera obscura, a box-like photographic device that can project the environment directly in front of it using light through a pinhole lens.

“When we were first thinking about the ideas behind this project, the camera obscura was one of the references,” Escobedo told Dezeen.

The house takes the shape of a black box raised off the ground on columns and is fronted by a glazed box, offering views of Mexico City.

“It’s in an area of Mexico City where you’re actually up in the hills so you can see all of Mexico City. So it was almost like a Camera Obscura: you could see the landscape of the city through this black box.”

Escobedo designed the house together with architect Alejandro Alarcón, her partner at the time. The house was built with a limited budget and materials.

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