A remodel of a 1950's house with a modular structure of steel columns and reinforced-concrete slabs. The intervention replaced some load-bearing walls by metal columns to restore and reinforce the original spatial qualities of the project. All structural components were upgraded to comply with current earthquake regulations. In addition some new programatic elements were introduced: a roof terrace, a swimming lane 25 m in length and service areas
The project rescues the modern spirit of the original house but avoids any historical mimicry. The rough volcanic stonework contrasts with the smooth internal finishes —oak, stainless steel, concrete and bakelite— creating an atmosphere of spaciousness and sobriety with a particular emphasis on textures and details. The blank facade towards the street, swimming pool and showers are all finished with ceramic tiles handmade in Guadalajara. On the roof terrace, concrete volumes float above a horizontal grid structure of concrete pavers.
Collaborators: Octavio Juárez, Andrés Rivadeneyra | Type: Residence; refurbishment | Location: Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico | Built Area: 950 m2 | Date: 2011 | Client: Carlos Couturier | Construction: Factor Eficiencia (Fermin Espinosa, Juan Carlos Pavón) | Carpentry: La Fabrica (Alejandro Flores) | Metalwork: Pablo Reyes | Wood flooring: Materia Viva (Roberto Jiménez) | Ceramics: CCNS (José Noé Suro) | Landscaping: Espacios Verdes (Guillermo Arredondo) | Photos: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma