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.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Assistant for construction documentation drawings production:
Consultant(s): Register engineer for sustainable equipment. José Antonio Lino.
Photographer(s): Paul Cremoux Wanderstok; Hector Armando Herrera
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
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
Security devices: ADT
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
Downlights: all LED.
Task lighting: all LED.
Exterior: all LED.
Dimming System or other lighting controls: all LED.