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Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Condesa DF / JSª

  • 01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Condesa DF / JSª
Condesa DF / JSª, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de México, México
  • Proyect Team

    Javier Sánchez, Jorge Ambrosi, Carlos Malagon, Giovanni F. Oteiza, Juan Carral, Mario Nájera, Julien Barnabé, Patricia Aceves
  • Interior Design

    IMH, India Mahdavi Hudson
  • Structure Design

    Colinas de Buen, S.A. de C.V.
  • Illumination

    Noriegga Iluminadores Arquitectónicos, Ricardo Noriega
  • Construction

    JSª/ Javier Sánchez
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

  • Photography

Text description provided by the architects. This hotel project recycled an apartment building dating from 1928, catalogued by Mexico’s National Beaux Arts Institute. The perimeter of the building was preserved up to the first corridor, which was restored to its original state. 

The inside of the building was demolished to build an opened patio, which is the central space of the project. A dialogue between architectures goes on in here; the circulations leading to the hotel rooms are turned facing this open, public space, where the building connects to the outside.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

The courtyard features aluminum folding screens are able to transform this space infinitely, screens runners achieve virtually expand and offer the opportunity of the game to see and not be seen.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

Folding aluminum shades open into the patio, infinitely transforming the space. The shades virtually extend the corridors and offer a play of seeing and not being seen. The sun travels in the patio generating chiaroscuros and giving greater depth to the space.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

The patio and the two levels that were added to the original structure were built with a steel structure and reinforced concrete flagstones, so they would blend in with the preexisting quarry and white cement paste finishes. 

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

Restaurant and bar services are located at the ground level to make the best use for the pedestrian flow in the street. On the first and second floors, the hotel rooms have a balcony in the original spaces of the building.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

On the preexisting roof we built an additional level for suites with a private terrace. This level is pulled behind the main façade to avoid being seen from the street. Crowning the building we find a terrace with a spa and resting areas for the guests. This terrace in the evenings becomes a sushi bar, open for city dwellers.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

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Cite: "Condesa DF / JSª" [Condesa DF / JSª] 18 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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