Mexico City

Site Size: 1,873 square feet

Project Size: 5,813 square feet

Program: Located in the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City, PAUL CREMOUX Studio designed a three-story home that has storage, parking, plenty of space for entertaining guests, and a stunning living wall at its core.

Solution: Casa CorManca (a portmanteau of the owners’ names) is a three-story, poured-in-place concrete structure, cubiform in shape, and clad in black slate on the exterior and wood on the interior.

Since it occupies a tight site, 39 by 42 feet in size, the architect carved out spaces in section for double-height rooms, patios, and terraces. The first floor encloses a double-height parking space and patio next to the entrance from the street. Arrayed in an L-shape formation around the patio/parking space is a double-height living/dining room and a kitchen/service wing. On the second level, an open-air terrace dominates, connected to a covered terrace overlooking the double-height spaces of the first floor. The only room on this level is a small studio edging the south wall. The top floor is reserved for the family’s bedrooms and a den above the second floor’s open terrace.

In addition to this interlocking weave of vertical spaces, a lushly verdant, living wall creates a vertical garden on the second floor. Its more than 4,000 plants, the architects say, absorb nearly 600 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.


Mariana Cordera and Fabrice Salamanca.

Cerrada de Trini 2703-4 Colonia San Jerónimo Lídice.
Delegación Magdalena Contreras.
Mexico City, Mexico

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record:
Design architect, renders, presentations, plans, and drawings.  From SD to CD and construction architectural supervision: Paul Cremoux.

Assistant for construction documentation drawings production:
Anna Giribets.

Register architect for structural engineering calculations: Ricardo Camacho.
Register engineer for MEP calculations. José Antonio Lino.

Consultant(s): Register engineer for sustainable equipment. José Antonio Lino.

General contractor:
Factor Eficiencia (Fermín Espinosa)

Photographer(s): Paul Cremoux Wanderstok; Hector Armando Herrera

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
BIM. Revit Architecture, Adobe Photoshop



Structural system
Concrete and steel structure, walls of Mexican red brick, plus sheet rock.

Exterior cladding
Masonry: “Marmoles Puente” black slate.

Metal/glass curtain wall: custom-made aluminum.

Precast concrete: concrete blocks and reinforced concrete slabs for structural floors.

Moisture barrier: Owens Corning residential insulation.

Other cladding unique to this project: StonePeak Ceramics

Built-up roofing: concrete blocks and reinforced concrete slabs

Glass: 6mm – 8mm guardian Mexico

Pulls: Casa Ikeda

Security devices: ADT

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Sheet rock USG.

Suspension grid: USG.

Paints and stains: Sherwin-Williams

Wall coverings: Formica bamboo laminated

Solid surfacing: Caesarstone Quartz (kitchen)

Special surfacing: “Lecheriado finish” on exterior white walls (Mexican mix of cement paint, water and sand).

Floor and wall tile (cite where used): StonePeak recyclable content

Resilient flooring: Epoxy resin

Carpet: Chilewich

Interior ambient lighting: all LED.

Downlights: all LED.

Task lighting: all LED.

Exterior: all LED.

Dimming System or other lighting controls: all LED.


  • Rain water reuse for bathrooms and vertical garden
  • Automatic drip irrigation system
  • Absorption pit for aquifer health