Residential block uses opacity to create a sense of space
Galileo is a residential building located in Polanco, Mexico City. It’s façade achieves transparency and at the same time privacy by combining different glass, wood and concrete opacities. A contrasted dialogue with the surrounding constructions takes place, setting a guideline for future development.
On the interior, all areas are naturally illuminated and ventilated without being exposed to the exterior. On the exterior the combination of the concrete facades and balconies, breaks up and emphasizes the building's volume rigidity. The rear façade follows the same design tendency although with a different construction system.
The main staircase is also the foyer access of each level to the apartments. It’s design comes from a play on translucency. The loose step design, the glass screen and handrail, and the solid concrete structure, allows light and shadows, increasing the sense of space.
The roof is used as the fifth façade and common area that includes a pool and sunbathing area, recreational space and a gym.