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The project foresees the opportunity to use reinterpretation as a consistent creative tool. The new construction relinks to history and accustomed living behavior patterns by mimicking an orientation strategy and an elementary functional diagram. Open space allows direct sunlight to enter from the south side; the east and the west side are offset inner plots, so the only north side is at the property line. The idea is to transition from a 2,754 sq. ft—old construction to a 1,937 sq. ft. One, mainly the same program, with roughly different space quality experiences.

Weather analysis helps us to decide various vital features: Mexico City’s climate plays a critical role since 70% of the days per year can be used for outdoor living. The main living-dining area can be completely open to the decked terrace making the relatively small indoor space larger. The deck floor transforms into the façade; this is the patio elevation that will mostly be enjoyed at all times.

The roof picks up all rainwater and the main terrace, then passes through two primary carbon-activated filters and becomes drinking water, so there is almost no water dependency from the grid. Using our performance-based design procedure, we envision a monthly maintenance cost of $ 15 USD (electricity consumption and natural gas comprised). We worked with Green Building Studio and Sefaira metrics to achieve energy savings and the 2030 challenge (yet to be performance proved).

Design Architect:
Paul Cremoux W.
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Structural Engineering:
Arch. Ricardo Camacho
MEP Engineering, Sustainability Consultant, and vertical garden:
Ing. José Antonio Lino Mina, DIA.
General Contractor:
ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea
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