TLALPAN 590 Building / tallerdea + KOZ architectes

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City of Mexico, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Onnis Luque
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Sherwin-Williams, Cemex, Cuprum, Fortaleza, Grupo Basica, Novaceramic, Novoceramic
  • Lead Architects : Christophe Ouhayoun, Nicolas Ziesel, René Caro, Jesús López
  • Collaborators: Gabrielle Trejo, Amélie Marchiset, Alejandro León, Thibaut Bertet Andrea Cano, Quentin Fauvre, Daniel Benítez
  • Structural Engineering: Oscar de la Torre PESA
  • Hydro Sanitary Engineering: COR ingeniería
  • Development: WELT
  • Years Of Construction: 2015 - 2017
  • Project: Mixed-use building, urban housing (52 homes) and commerce
  • City: City of Mexico
  • Country: Mexico
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Text description provided by the architects. TRANSCONTINENTAL DESIGN
TLALPAN 590 is the result of an interesting collaboration between two young architecture offices in distinct latitudes - México and France - working hand in hand with the audacity and energy of an up-and-coming developer investing in architecture to better the city.

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TLALPAN 590 is located on a street corner facing the 10 lanes and aboveground metro line of the Calzada de Tlalpan near Xola station, mid-way between the center and the south of Mexico City.

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Contrasting with the massive, unappetizing mid-rise blocks popping up along the main streets of México City, TLALPAN 590 consists of two ultra thin towers, one constructed with bricks and the other wrapped in a hazy white metal mesh. On the side façade of the building the metal mesh loses its uniformity. Its playful forms reflect the diverse layouts of each apartment - a vertical transposition of the barrio’s inventive configuration - generating 12 different possibilities for the 52 units of TLALPAN 590.

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The very rationalist structure allows this free mixing of single and two level apartments. Despite being small areas (60 and 70 m2), each 2 or 3 bedroom unit incorporates a large living room extending to a balcony, creating open-plan living and a house-like feel with spectacular long distance views of the cityscape.

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The ground level is raised from the street level in order to provide privacy to inhabitants and generate a commercial space extending to a sunken courtyard below street level, further buffering the surrounding activity. Access to the building is located on the quieter side street. Ramps lead down to the parking and oversized bicycle space and a staircase leads up towards the large courtyard bordered by the main staircase and corridors inspired by vernacular settings. It also provides natural light and ventilation to the building while creating a communal space for the inhabitants, encouraging collective use of the courtyard.

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On a tight budget, construction and finishes blend sophistication with ordinary features to achieve a distinctive character: The beautiful pavement of the patios and the simple orange paint of the corridors. The crafted black metal railings and the industrial white metal mesh. The cinematographic arrangement of the lighting in the corridors and the placement of decorative plants on each floor. The rendered concrete finish and the rugged, sensuous dark brown bricks.

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This carefully considered combination makes TLALPAN 590 settle naturally in its surrounding, both paying tribute to existing conditions and paving the road to new qualitative developments outside the hype « colonias » of the city.

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Address:Calz. de Tlalpan 590, Moderna, City of Mexico, Mexico

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Cite: "TLALPAN 590 Building / tallerdea + KOZ architectes" [Edificio TLALPAN 590 / tallerdea + KOZ architectes] 04 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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