Kiral Apartments / Arqmov Workshop

© Rafael Gamo

Architects: Arqmov Workshop
Location: , DF
Builder: Espacio Vectorial
Built Area: 2000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo

Kiral (chirality = is the geometric property of a rigid object of being non-superposable on its mirror image; such an object has no symmetry elements of the second kind) is the name that identifies and transmits personality to the residential building designed by . It is located in Colonia Juárez, Mexico City, a few blocks away from the traditional Reforma Boulevard (Paseo de la Reforma), a cultural and touristic corridor in the most important and populated city of Mexico.

© Rafael Gamo

Kinetics and Op Art inspired the project, transmitting an optic illusion of movement that requires and captures an active attention from the viewer. Mexican society experiences a continuous and uncontrolled motion; therefore the building responds to this phenomenon and reflects the reverberation of the city.

© Rafael Gamo

By the geometric interplay of forms, a dynamic course is achieved, focusing on the main façade as a significant backdrop for the viewer. The horizontal and vertical lines of the balconies create a perfectly modulated grid. This grid is then perceived in a three-dimensional plane where overlapping spherical shapes are once subtracted, then extruded, resulting in a façade that moves. It moves depending from which angle the observer approaches the building; it moves responding to a play of light and shadows throughout the day; it moves, as the city itself is moving.

basement plan

The 17 apartments are arranged around a common courtyard, which allows natural light and cross-ventilation. A gym, a roof garden complement a thorough design based on the logical principle of organization. There are one and two-storey apartments with balconies that give the building a sense of community and harmonious coexistence. Every apartment benefits from a private indoor and outdoor space, sharing main services, and maintaining privacy at the same time.

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Cite: "Kiral Apartments / Arqmov Workshop" 07 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=205297>