Global Future Design Awards 2019
Architect: Juan Carlos Baumgartner
Lighting Project: LUA , Kai Diederichsen
Construction: Bruno Vadillo
Furniture: Herman Miller , DWR, Knoll
Date: August 2018
Location: Pedregal de San Ángel. Mexico City, Mexico
Area: 400 m2
Materials Used: metallic structure, black aluminum works, tempered glass fronts, Hunter Douglas metal quadroline aluzinc panel for exterior.
Photograph: Courtesy spAce
Category: Restoration Renovation
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Re-architecture, a concept that defines the re-use of buildings, those that through a contemporary and often environmentally-friendly design, are able to rescue architectural objects that otherwise would be obsolete.
The concept applied in the ALD2 house is just that, a construction in the pedregal area 30 years ago, an unfortunate period from the design point of view, which however met the functional, size and location requirements of the client.
The project consisted of stripping the existing house, respecting a large part of the exterior due to rules of the complex where it is located, and from that skeleton rethinking the use of the materials and finishes in the design of the new version of this house.
The client, a lover of cars, art and literature, wanted a contemporary style but cozy, that would showcase his taste and those of his three children.
A house where he and his children can enjoy themselves and grow.
The project was planned with a variety of “monotone” materials and colors with a masculine emphasis in the use of color and exploiting the use of iconic pieces of furniture like Barcelona chairs or Eames lounge chair.
The main floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen and a studio-library, which is possibly the favorite space of the client. This space is articulated converting the walls into bookcases, using the book as material object of the design.
In the upstairs the bedrooms and television room generate a more intimate space.
The design follows the design standards of the Green Building Council, seeking to make a house that respects the environment; walls were demolished and windows expanded in order to maximize the views of the gardens and let in natural light.
VOC free materials, with a high recycled content were the norm; a smart and highly efficient lighting system was used.
The house prepared for the use of solar panels will be able to reduce energy consumption while having flexible lighting where different scenarios can be created depending on the occasion.
The project represented several challenges. The execution times were extremely aggressive; the house could not change too much from the initial design of the complex and nevertheless it had to be transformed into a completely contemporary version with strict adherence to the standards of the Green Building Council.
Converting an obsolete architectural construction in disuse into a contemporary habitat, respectful of the environment and esthetically pleasing is a great challenge and satisfaction.