Architecture firm Taller Hector Barroso has designed a housing complex in Mexico City, with a particular color aggregate offering the concrete its distinct, earthy hue. The building, dubbed LC710, is located in a residential area in the center of “Colonia del Valle”. The complex has a narrow front facade of 33 feet (10meters), but stretches 105 feet (32 meters) back. “This proportion and the east-west orientation resulted in a compositional scheme which parts from three volumes interleaved with three “patios” and voids,” said the studio.
Aiming to produce a complex containing six apartments, Barroso divided the overall massing into three distinct volumes. These alternate with three open-air patios, which provide external space for the residents and allow the four-story structures to breathe.
Inside, the three buildings are divided into two typologies. The two volumes closest to the street offer four units in total, which spread, one on each floor, across the two buildings. Front and back wings are connected horizontally through a circulation core on one of the long sides of the plot. Living spaces face the street, while private areas are located in the inner wing.
The diagonal connection between these two program areas allows each unit to take advantage of the first-floor ¨patios¨ and the gardens on the rooftop, so that each unit has its own private exterior area that merges with the interior space. In the third volume two different units take part, each one consisting of two superimposed levels, that also merge with the exterior spaces in a more intimate and silent atmosphere.
Soft balcony curves, a minimalist attitude to architectural decoration, warm timber floors and large openings create a series of light-filled interiors and a tactile, welcoming composition that has been tailormade to fit perfectly within its distinct urban context.