Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
The project seeks to retain the existing façade as much as possible as well as enhancing the value of its inherent construction properties. The proposal intends to uphold the proposed conservation plan, respecting its commitment to preserving international standards, not just for the façade but for virtually the whole building. Thus the idea is to go beyond the constraints of maintaining the existing building, preserving its ‘essence’ by ensuring that additional constructive elements seek harmony within the space and are passive, allowing the existing building to stand out.
It is important to mention that not only will all of the original finishes be preserved and repaired, but the materials and colours of the existing house will be maintained on the first two floors of the annex. Continuing with the same strategy as before, subtle construction details will allow a distinction between the old and new without creating a contrast.
Our intention was to highlight the horizontality of this style of building, which is characteristic of 19th and 20th century buildings in this area of Mexico City. The third floor is fully glazed, allowing us to lighten the weight of the intervention at the same time as separating this area from the existing house, thus creating a frame of air and transparency between the house of historical value and the new intervention. This floor references the scale of the adjacent buildings in order to fit into the urban fabric and respond once again to the parameters of preserving the character of the historical area and not just the isolated building.
Clara Solà-Morales with Eduardo Cadaval
Olivier Arditi, Catherine Nguyen
Miguel de Guzmán