Paul Cremoux Studio uses 4,000 plants to create vertical garden in Mexico residence
Paul Cremoux Studio has completed the transformation of a terraced house in Mexico which is the epitome of the oft-used saying ‘bringing the outside in’. The modest terraced property measures a humble 176 sq m and was in need of updating.
The team converted this tired, dark building into a verdant property full of life, incorporating over 4,000 plants where before there were none. The focus of the inside space is a lush vertical garden which not only adds an aesthetic, tactile element but plays a major role in boosting the air quality and maintaining a stable humidity within the residence.
Paul Cremoux Studio says of their concept: “We would like to think about vegetation not only as a practical temperature-humidity comfort control device, or as a beautiful energetic view, but also as an element that acts like a light curtain, accomplishing the idea of a theatrical dramatic plane, where more space is to be found at the back.”
Due to the terraced nature of the house, bringing light and air into the interior space was paramount for this project. The 3-storey home has a main terrace on the second level which benefits from being open to the elements. Vast quantities of the strong Mexico sunlight are also afforded by the insertion of huge window panes throughout the building.
The monolithic volume has been given a slate stone façade which contrasts dramatically with the soft beech interior finishes. Sustainable practices have been followed throughout the scheme with recyclable content materials, VOC paint, cross ventilations and passive energy-temperature control strategies. Three heat exhaustion chimneys are also in operation.
Design Architect: Paul Cremoux W
Project Team: Anna Giribets Martin
Structural Engineering: Arch. Ricardo Camacho
Equipment Engineering, Sustainability Consultant and vertical garden: Ing. José Antonio Lino Mina, DIA
General Contractor: Fermín Espinosa, Alfredo Galván, Factor Eficiencia