VAZ32 house in Mexico City was created to meet the needs of the client- a development company looking for a unique and contemporary product that could compete in the current real estate market of Mexico City. At the same time, the design is a result of the site and its unique building restrictions put in place by the subdivision- a 31-foot-wide by 63-foot-deep rectangular lot, with 10-foot setbacks in both the front and back, in close proximity to surrounding houses on three sides, and a steep slope down -34 feet from street level.
Taking advantage of the natural shape of the land, it was decided to design the private spaces below street level, creating a sense of security and privacy in the bedrooms while occupying most of the slope of the land. By cutting into the land and constructing with the site’s natural topography, we were able to save money by avoiding excessive filling costs. At the lowest level, where the master bedroom is located, the setback restrictions set forth by the subdivision were used to our advantage to create a private garden that is also accessed by the family room.
The public spaces were designed at street level and create the main façade of the house, which is crowned by a light, white cover that opens to the sky like a screen. This light cover becomes a building envelope that embraces the house and at the same time, creates contrast with the concrete walls.
This same building envelope transforms into a half wall that serves as division between the pedestrian access and the parking area. Conceptually, this feature represents a continuous line from roof, to façade, to the front of the property and continues infinitely.
A large retaining wall passes through the entire width of the house on all four levels, including the roof garden, and functions as the backbone of the project. In addition to its structural importance, this feature becomes an architectural aesthetic element as well. In the staircase, the natural light coming in from the skylight showcases the texture of the bare concrete which plays perfectly off the other textural elements- steel, wood and tempered glass.
The VAZ32 house achieves the goal of being a contemporary and unique project through its aesthetic value and use of current materials. Most importantly for the client, the house provides a thoughtful design at a competitive price for the location.
The VAZ32 house is aesthetically pleasing because of its functionality and context, as well as compliant with the sustainability guidelines that are the basis of sanzpont [arquitectura]
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