Called Casa Roel, the family dwelling was designed in collaboration with Mexican architect Isaac Broid.
The home is designed for a couple with two young children and located in a prestigious, high-density district in Mexico City. It is elevated about the sloped site, with a bed of greenery growing under the structure.
H-shaped in plan, the multi-storey home consists of concrete volumes arranged around verdant outdoor spaces. The street-facing volume is fronted by a wooden lattice with a hexagonal pattern, which helps mitigate heat gain and ensure privacy.
To enter the home, visitors pass through a wooden door set within a concrete wall.
The main floor contains the primary living functions, while two lower levels house a photography studio, service equipment and parking spots.
“Both street-parallel axes [volumes] are for the common spaces and the main room, and the perpendicular one, between them, is for the kids rooms,” said Felipe Assadi Arquitectos, a studio based in Santiago.
The home’s orientation toward the southwest enables ample natural light to flow through the interior. Glazing and retractable walls provide a strong connection to the outdoors.
On the roof, the team placed a skinny swimming pool, a play zone and a barbecue area. “The roof and its play area encourage views toward the green canyon in front of the house,” the architects said.
A glass-walled, angular protrusion on the roof marks the entryway to a stair, which leads down the main floor.
Beyond concrete, the restrained material palette includes glass, beige-coloured stone and light-hued wood.
Storage systems and poured-concrete pocket doors were designed and fabricated by Henrybuilt, a Seattle-based studio.
Other residential projects in Mexico City include a concrete home by JJRR/Arquitectura with glazed walls that fully open to the outdoors, and the conversion of a derelict structure by Cadaval & Sola-Morales into a mixed-use building with apartments, offices and shops.
Photography is by Cristobal Palma.
Architects: Felipe Assadi, Francisca Pulido
Associate architect: Isaac Broid
Storage systems: Henrybuilt
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