DL1310 Constructing / Younger & Ayata + Micha Structure
Textual content description supplied by the architects. This challenge is a residential constructing in Mexico Metropolis consisting of seven 1-2 bed room residences with basement parking. It was determined from the start that the development system can be cast-in-place concrete, that the unit varieties can be easy and direct, and that the constructing would maximize the positioning footprint and allowed peak. These had been limitations that glad the consumer’s wishes and allowed us to focus our efforts on an fascinating alternative within the challenge: the openings.
The location technique led the 2 facet elevations in the direction of the lot traces, making customary home windows undesirable. To permit gentle, views, and air flow on all sides of the constructing, a scheme was developed to control the home windows into one thing acquainted however subtly totally different. Rectangular home windows rotate on the constructing’s façade, leading to two dominated surfaces on the prime and backside and remodeling the window into an inverted trapezoidal bay.
Because the home windows rotate inward, the slabs seem to drag on the head and sill. This ends in a façade that’s extraordinarily forceful in its flatness and likewise a dynamic bas-relief of soppy, undulating shadows. These home windows additionally produced totally different inside moments because the altering façade matched the design of the standardized unit. Views from the inside turned small occasions of pressured indirect perspective as one appeared each outward and to the road on the similar time, making every unit distinctive because it approached the enclosure.
The design course of for the openings was guided by each iterative digital fashions and analysis into the historical past of dominated concrete surfaces in Latin American structure. A number of large-scale fashions allowed us to discover a tectonic articulation that used board-formed concrete as an integral expression of the opening idea.
The ultimate methodology used conventional development methods mixed with reusable fiberglass casting modules to provide another expression between digital expertise and development traditions. The lot constraints, typical of this city neighborhood, drove the preliminary design selections. The sloped, mid-block web site is sandwiched between two present single-family houses, each with the potential for accommodating vertical development sooner or later.
With this in thoughts, Younger & Ayata + Michan Structure made the choice to cut back the constructing footprint and facet partitions of the lot, leaving house for home windows on all 4 sides. Moreover, with the gap of the constructing to the property traces, a further stage might be added, as a variation to the code, thus maximizing the sq. footage and variety of residences.
This barely lowered footprint allowed for using recessed or punched home windows, which turned the characteristic of the constructing: 22 rectangular openings in 5 totally different sizes rotate on the facade, leading to a mosaic of inverted and controlled trapezoids on all sides. From the inside, these home windows create a wide range of views and views because the altering facade blends with standardized unit designs. This opening technique decided the primary constructing materials: cast-in-place concrete, which produces a regulated and striated impact. The textured exterior, in darkish grey, contrasts with a brighter and softer inside palette, the place wood flooring and polished limestone be part of white-painted partitions, white fixtures, and daylight entry. The undulating openings create a fluid and floating bridge between the 2 ends.