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Tue 4.8.

Building City within a City – Garduño Arquitectos

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 04.08.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

Monte Elbruz Building by Garduño Arquitectos, Mexico City 2008. Photos: Sófocles Hernández, Paul Czitrom. Garduño Arquitectos.

Monte Elbruz Building by Garduño Arquitectos, Mexico City 2008. Photos: Sófocles Hernández, Paul Czitrom. Garduño Arquitectos.

Mexico-based Garduño Arquitectos have designed a 24-unit housing development project: the Monte Elbruz building of 6 floors (local regulation) on a small site located in Polanco, Mexico City. The linear courtyard is introduced in between two linear apartment blocks.

The lot was located in a difficult area, originally classified as high-density and already fully developed, with adjoining buildings 14 to 30 storeys high. Designing a linear façade would have led to 60% of the apartments having an interior view. Taking these variables into account, Garduño Arquitectos opted for designing two side blocks within a 60 cm distance of the borders, thus generating a central courtyard to play the role of green area, access and lighting center, but that would also generate facades proportioned in terms of the project’s scale.

All apartments are two-leveled.

All apartments are two-leveled.

The first eight units are provided with a private garden and the last eight with a roof garden. In addition, all apartments are two-leveled. The street access becomes a stroll past a reflecting pool and gardens, employing 90% of the available space as green area. The project includes a rain water recycling system for irrigation and car washing. The front façade boasts two slim vertical concrete sand-colored beams separated by the volume containing the home. These pieces were cast with a double concrete face and marble grain and were later finished with a marteline, bringing out a tree that begins with the trunk at the level of the first beam and continues the trace in the second one.

At the back of the building a vertical opening in the elevator cube was designed, covering it with an image of the sky that is part of a story in which a group of children invent a flying umbrella.

Transversal Section. Exterior finish: Glass, Aluminium, Concrete.

One of the main goals of this proposal is to generate the illusion of slimmer volumes, avoid noise and incorporate and proportion the project with its environment in a positive fashion. The inner façade was designed as a city within a city, striving to achieve the residents’ movement and interaction by means of exposed circulations and aluminum panels containing glass frames and tilting vents. At the back of the building a vertical opening in the elevator cube was designed, covering it with an image of the sky that is part of a story in which a group of children invent a flying umbrella.

 

 

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