Site size: 2,000 square feet
Project size: 3,650 square feet
Program: For his own house, the client required three bedrooms for family members plus an additional room for guests, a small office, outdoor amenity space and a roof terrace, and parking.
Location: Condesa, Mexico City
Solution: The three-story house in Mexico City’s Condesa neighborhood sits unannounced on the street, where it is accessed via a top-lit, ash-clad stairwell that connects all floors and terminates at a roof terrace. On the first floor, an expansive open-plan living space benefits from abundant natural light; a double-height space provides a visual link to a roof terrace. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open out to a rear terrace, framing a view of the street.
Circulation was kept minimal for efficency; the second floor accomodates the bedrooms. A heavily planted roof terrace offers an additional, more secluded amenity space.
Construction and materials: Reinforced concrete is the main structural material; it is left exposed in a number of areas. Large timber assemblies help to break up the concrete throughout. Ash is used for floor finishes, bespoke furniture, the main stairwell, and, in some locations, as external cladding. At the rear terrace, reclaimed brick is used as a masonry infill.
Completion date: January 2017
Gross square footage: 3,550 square feet
Total project cost: $580,000
Total construction cost: $240,000
Tapia McMahon (Mexico):
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Fernando Tapia, registered architect; Aidan McMahon
Architect of record:
Structural engineer: Precisa
Pedro Mijares, Antonio Fierro, Salvador Hernandez, Victor Garcia, Arturo Lopez
Rafael Gamo, email@example.com
Landscape: MRovzar Studio
Reinforced concrete frame, designed to latest earthqquake requirements
Masonry: Reclaimed brick used to the rear
Metal/glass curtain wall: Double glazing within uPVC frames
Wood: Ash used as a screen adjacent to the glazing in the main elevation
Built-up roofing: Concete slab with waterproof membrane, with ceramic tiles as a finish to the
Metal: Mild steel balustrades to the roof terrace perimeter
Glass: Double glazing throughout
Skylights: Laminated glass
Wood doors: Solid ash to all internal doors and the garage
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Bespoke ash stairwell, kitchen and bedroom furniture
Floor and wall tile: Bathroom - cesantoni ceramic tiles
Interior ambient lighting: LED tapes to the joinery elements