Text description provided by the architects. Vertiz 950 is a housing Project with 27 units located in avenida Dr. José María Vertiz # 950, Mexico City.
The Project is located on an irregular site of 609.00 sqm. which has only a street front of 10 meters. The building has 6 floors plus 1 basement. The basement and first floor are destined for parking and lobby, and the last 5 floors are destined for housing, having 27 apartments in total.
The biggest challenge of the project was to make the most of the site which has terrible proportions. To achieve this, we designed 13 different typologies that adjust to the site in different ways so we could use as much as we could. The first step was to give the project a central and generous patio that could provide great lightning and ventilation to all the apartments. To reduce the horizontal circulations, we design duplex apartments which help reduce up to a 70% the space used by the hallways. Typologies vary from 62 to 114 sqm, adjusting to different markets. Penthouse apartments, although are the smallest ones, have a private roof garden which duplicate it´s surface.
The Project is divided in two towers connected by bridges and a shared central patio. A lobby is located on the first floor being directly communicated with the elevator. Every space in the apartments (rooms, kitchen, and bathrooms) has natural ventilation and illumination. The central patio has a 6 floor green wall giving privacy to the building as well as providing a fresh view to the apartments which are located in a central and noisy neighborhood of Mexico City.
To give certain privacy to the rooms of the apartments, we used a double façade made by Hunter Douglas. This façade gives great lightning to the inside and at the time it blocks the view from the outside to the inside. This façade also works as handrails when it reaches the hallways above the rooms.