Complex circumstances bring out an opportunity to display some innovative creativity in this Mexican residential block
The developer requested Evaristo Ares to build on a 42 x 22 meter corner lot on southern Mexico City. Business requirements needed full usage of what the zone regulations allowed: 30 apartments, 7 floors and an 80% footprint. Market requirements needed different sized units to cover a wider customer spectrum and also for an innovative 2 story home scheme that would be more appealing to families. The solution for this building, finished in December 2007, was an assortment of two storey apartments ranging from a 90 sq m, two bedroom homes to a 145sq m 3 bedroom corner homes.
The apartments nest within a post stressed grid structure and are topped by a 7th floor veranda that provides leisure spaces for the inhabitants. The length of the lot led to a rather narrow typical apartment scheme (4 to 4.8 m on the entry floor) that leads to a puzzle-like 3d-game in which all the apartments give or take space from the neighbours in order to house one front master bedroom and one or two back bedrooms for each dwelling. The 3 bedroom units boast a narrow 2 story high space which starts from the staircase and opens with a gentle curve towards the outside giving an unusual sense of space for a dwelling this size, a feature that is more evident on the corner units. To the outside, the concrete grid is clearly visible and so is a playful geometry of white windows and balconies that hover above the street continuing with the spatial dialog of the inside.