Transparent apartments arranged like a townhouse

Project Specs


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In an 8 meters front and 16-meter depth lot, removed from a conventional apartment scheme, were only one apartment could have a private exterior space, we opted for two independent households similar to a townhouse. This left each house with a front of only 4 meters, which implicated a big challenge to solve the program but we managed to transform this challenge into a possibility to generate a unique space. 

external view of the project composed of two apartments similar to townhouse


Taking advantage of the east-west orientation of the plot, we opted for a series of stackable spaces, that will get light and ventilation from the street at the front, and from a private and contained patio on the back. This resulted in two houses with independence and privacy in all their spaces.

the house was composed of stacked spaces, entrance connected with staircase to the upper living area


With this solution, we achieved an absolute transparency leaving circulation as the element that connects the different levels. Structurally the project has three concrete walls and three slabs, the rest of the elements are not load bearing, they are wood.

▼两端通透的客厅与餐厅,transparent living and dining space

▼厨房和餐厅连接室外露台,kitchen and dining space connected with the outdoor patio

▼混凝土结构暴露在空间中,concrete structure was exposed in the space

▼混凝土结构与木材家具,contrast between the concrete structure and the wooden furniture

▼客厅,living space

▼与楼梯结合的木制储物架,wooden shelves integrated with the stairs


Responding to the structure, the concrete walls were left apparent and we closed the design with a series of window fixtures that would allow a totally open space. That is why we designed the patio window so it would make a parable that stacks completely with the wall, totally eliminating the limits within the interior and exterior.

window fixed on the concrete walls

break the boundary between interior and exterior


▼从露台回望生活区,view to the living area from the patio


The program was organized leaving the garage and services on street level, on the lower floor the social area, fists level one bedroom and a studio and on the second level the main bedroom with a terrace. 

▼带露台的主卧,main bedroom with a terrace

▼另外一户的生活空间,混凝土与木材制成的楼梯形成对比,living space of the other house, wooden staircase contrasted with the concrete structure


▼夜景,night view

Year: 2018
Location: CDMX
Construction: 619m2
Team: Miguel Vargas, Andrés Domínguez, Sergio Delgado, Nancy Estévez, Jonathan Calderón y Antonio Contreras.

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