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Pixel 57 / Darkitectura

  • 01:00 - 19 November, 2010
Pixel 57 / Darkitectura
Pixel 57 / Darkitectura, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +12

From the architect. Located south of Mexico City, with a lakeside subsurface inheritance of the legendary Aztec lake, it develops this 480m2 duplex in a slim residual plot.

© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

Given the extensive program that customers requested, the 2 houses are resolved intertwined and interspersed within the maximum permissible restrictions, generating a large cube that blends with its dense urban environment "kitsch-ecléctico-chilango" developed in the 70's and 80's.

© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

The cube floats to accommodate the access, parking and green areas, it’s separated from their adjacencies to become transparent, giving way to natural light and vertical circulation; also it’s subtracted to create a courtyard and as the exterior faces they parametrically pixel to locate the windows, balconies and skylights. The materials used on the facades cause a scene of brightness and opacity, reflections and shadows that combined with the irregularity of some canopies enhance the effect of asymmetry.

© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

Hanging from the top of the rear facade, a staircase reminiscent of a New York alley leads to the roof terrace that houses a pair of fake containers superimposed for services, this in the midst of a huge terrace where grows a micro-forest of “liquidambares”, typical tree species of the area. This terrace reinforces the idea of roofs used as a method for reforestation of the city and gradually improves the quality of life for users to have these spaces, denied in 90% of the outbuildings that are volumetrically similar.

© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
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PEEK · May 22, 2013

Interesting that they do mention the cost . A bit of leg pulling and the rest.! Europe construction on $732 per sq meter -- must be inb southern Italy .!

Hassan Al-muhannadi · December 16, 2010

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Nathalie Zegarra · December 02, 2010

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Candy D. · November 22, 2010
DARKITECTURA · November 21, 2010
Rick S. · November 20, 2010

I like it a lot. The distribution and integration of the program along the available space is excellent, but... a budget of US $ 176,000? How is that possible?!

Peek · December 04, 2012 04:44 AM

A bit of leg pulling if you ask me re the cost .

darkitectura · November 21, 2010 07:36 AM

you think it is too much? or very economic?

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Nicholas Patten · November 20, 2010

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Red Wolf · November 20, 2010

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lolacorra · November 20, 2010

ainda meksicow. uh uh uh, que beleza: pixel 57. [darkitectura] http://migre.me/2kWx1

Eric Rasmussen · November 20, 2010

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Lepoche · November 20, 2010

Hi Julio. Long time no see!!!
Very Nice project. Glad to see ur doing good work. I really like the plan solution. Its difficult to work on this type of lots!
Hope to se u soon.

darkitectura · December 15, 2010 07:34 AM

Pocho eres tu?

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Adam · November 19, 2010

This is a really nice planning solution for duplex housing on a narrow site. I'm not sure why it need to be so stylized, the spaces seem to be able to be capable of standing on their own.
The distorted and blurry photography is not enhancing the project, it's really just annoying.

Alex Gore · November 19, 2010

Very nice integrated design.

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