By means of a style that he defines as simple and clean, with no sophisticated elements, forms or geometry, Jalisco architect Enrique de la Concha Autrique, partner of Taller 4, seeks with each of his projects to awaken a client’s most important feeling: satisfaction.
“We are totally immersed in each project and know each line, why it is set and why it coincides or not. We always try to give it a meaning and not let it be by chance. The best reward is beyond what one obtained for the work done; it is knowing that the customer who believed in us is satisfied.”
The application of textures and colors of materials that are not modified and that maintain their essence when used are elements that characterize the projects of Taller 4, a firm created four years ago by De la Concha, in conjunction with architect Oscar Escalé Herms.
Marble, stone and brick, to mention a few, are materials that are taken care of in detail and predominate in their projects, most of them residential and commercial. Under a vision of architecture of the author, the projects developed by Taller 4 seek to meet the objective for which they were intended.
Passionate about design, De la Concha found in architecture a form of expression to delineate ideas that are transformed into projects that bring with them new challenges.
A graduate in Architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), his first approach to working life was at the architectural firm Fernández Medrano, where he developed as a studio manager.
“I had the great opportunity to work with them on hotel projects. I had draftsmen in my charge, and there I began to specialize more in the subject.”
However, shortly afterward, he decided to study at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, where he received his master’s degree with “La gran escala” (“The large scale”) and his doctorate with “Los nuevos instrumentos de la arquitectura” (“The new instruments of architecture”). And he received a diploma in “Ephemeral Architecture” from the ELISAVA design school in Barcelona.
Upon his return, he had the opportunity to develop as a teacher at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Guadalajara Campus, where he taught the first generation of architecture at the university.
“When I came back from Europe, I wanted to do thousands of things, and during that time I was invited to give classes. I wanted to share all the knowledge I had acquired. I had no teaching background other than my passion and my knowledge.”
In 2015, Taller 4 was consolidated, a project that, although it had been conceived for more than 20 years among a group of architect friends, could be professionalized and become what it is today: a boutique architecture studio with influence in the construction industry.
Taller 4 has been recognized nationally and internationally. The most recent awards were given by the Colegio de Arquitectos del Estado de Jalisco, A.C. with the Premio de Arquitectura Jalisco (Jalisco Architecture Prize), where they were recognized for the Prominox Services Center, built in San Luis Potosí, and the Arcos Building, located in the municipality of Guadalajara.
In addition, in 2015 they were winners in the regional “Kitchen Design Contest,” where they obtained an honorable mention at the international level with the participation of more than 1,780 projects from 16 countries (while a Phoenix Firm Captures 2015 BEST Kitchen Design Contest for Linear, Contemporary Makeover).
Some of Taller 4’s outstanding projects are the former Biwon Restaurant, the Technology Unlimited building and a housing complex at the United Nations, among others.
“Our best project is always the next one, because, although all have fulfilled the objective of satisfying the client, in the end, I do see an evolution in all senses, both in the relationship with the client and with our team.“
Tenacity and commitment are virtues that define him as a professional in an art that he is passionate about, but which has also led him to discover one of his greatest defects: perfectionism, a situation he has had to nuance throughout his career.
“I have always told my students that in architecture, 10 percent is talent and 90 percent is fieldwork,” concluded De la Concha, who has also been a teacher of architecture at ITESO.