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2012-2013. On 12 12-meter by 13-meter (39ft by 42ft) plot of land, a monolithic volume is transformed to attain luminous indoor spaces. Slade stone at the exterior facades is contrasted with the soft beach-like wood finish, achieving great definition and space discovery.

Built on a small plot of land 127 m2 (1367 SqFt), the construction rises looking south to the vertical vegetation garden wall. It is a three-story high assembly where the main terrace is to be found on the second level, followed by a small lecture studio. This area is intended to transform the notion of an “open patio garden radically.” Since there is no space to ensure a ground courtyard, the main terrace plays a definitive social role. Recyclable content materials, VOC paint, and cross ventilation are highly used, and passive energy-temperature control strategies are bound to the core design.

Three heat exhaustion chimneys work as primary devices to control the hot temperature in bedroom areas.
The vertical garden is a major contributor to air quality and humidity. Where before there was no plant, we have planted over 4,000.

Vertical gardens absorb 187kg of CO2 per year, Green Rooftop Gardens 80kg of CO2 per year, vs. Heat Island Effect TOTAL CO2 absorbed per year 267kg. We would like to think about vegetation not only as a practical temperature-humidity comfort control device or as a beautiful, energetic view but also as an element that acts as a light curtain, accomplishing the idea of a theatrical, dramatic plane, where more space is to be found at the back.

Design Architect: Paul Cremoux W.
Project Team:
Anna Giribets Martin.

Structural Engineering:

Rogelio Carmona.
MEP Engineering, Sustainability Consultant, and Vertical Garden:
Ing. José Antonio Lino Mina, DIA.
General Contractor:
Fermín Espinosa,
Alfredo Galván, Factor Eficiencia
Héctor Armanado Herrera and PCW