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  7. Casa Verne / Zeller & Moye

Casa Verne / Zeller & Moye

  • 09:00 - 31 March, 2017
Casa Verne / Zeller & Moye
Casa Verne / Zeller & Moye, © Omar Muñoz
© Omar Muñoz

© Omar Muñoz © Omar Muñoz © Omar Muñoz © Juan Carlos Garza + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Ingrid Moye, Christoph Zeller, Omar G. Muñoz, Emma Woodward, Daniel Aguilar Zeller & Moye
  • Landscape

    Entorno Taller de Paisaje

  • Constructor

  • Area

    460.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Omar Muñoz , Juan Carlos Garza , Cortesía de Christoph Zeller
© Juan Carlos Garza
© Juan Carlos Garza

Text description provided by the architects. Una mansión de los años 30’s ubicada en un tranquilo emplazamiento dentro de un patio común justo en el centro de la Ciudad de México es transformada en un hogar para una familia. La casa se organiza verticalmente en tres niveles, cada uno con un carácter distinto: espacios funcionales de servicio en planta baja, vida familiar en el primer nivel, y un retiro de privacidad en el nivel de azotea.

A townhouse from the 1930s, situated in a quiet setting inside a shared courtyard right in the centre of Mexico City, is transformed into a family home. The house is vertically organised along three levels, each with a distinct character: functional service spaces on the ground level, family life on the upper level, and retreat to privacy on the roof garden level.

© Omar Muñoz
© Omar Muñoz
Section
Section
© Omar Muñoz
© Omar Muñoz

A derelict existing structure was freed from excessive internal walls to create generous living spaces. Patios and openings for roof lights were cut into the building to maximize daylight in the previously dimly lit lower levels. A new floor was added to the top of the existing building by introducing a large overhang roof made of white concrete, providing shadow for the fully glazed interior spaces that benefit from softly moderated daylight. The new rooms are designed with minimal features to enhance the presence of the green roof garden. Full height sliding glass screens all across the top floor open up panoramic views into the rich greenery giving the impression of a secluded oasis within the buzzing city centre. 

© Omar Muñoz
© Omar Muñoz
Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
© Omar Muñoz
© Omar Muñoz

All new additions are realized in white marble concrete to achieve a contemporary environment with a fresh character. Besides the new roof the entire flooring is realized from cut marble pebbles in direct reference to Mexico City's lost river beds and lakes that used to form the landscape before the city was established. Furthermore an in-situ concrete bench and table were cast into a niche within the garden. A new spiral stair connects the art deco lower floors with the contemporary garden level letting daylight pass down from roof lights above the stairs. Spaces within the existing structure were joined and revamped with new window openings, wooden flooring, a new fire place, built-in furniture and brass lamps specifically designed for the project. 

© Juan Carlos Garza
© Juan Carlos Garza

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Cite: "Casa Verne / Zeller & Moye" [Casa Verne / Zeller & Moye] 31 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/868211/casa-verne-zeller-and-moye/> ISSN 0719-8884

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