Taller Hector Barroso completes caramel-coloured apartment complex in Mexico City

Architecture firm Taller Hector Barroso has designed a housing complex in Mexico City, with warm-hued concrete walls inside and out.

The four-storey LC710 housing project is situated in a residential part of Colonia del Valle. Measuring 10,333 square feet (960 square metres), the complex comprises six residential units, with various floor plans but similar characteristics.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

Based in the city, Taller Hector Barroso designed the building with a rectangular form based on three separate, square-like towers linked together.

The complex has a narrow front facade of 33 feet (10 metres), but stretches 105 feet (32 metres) back.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

“This proportion and the east-west orientation resulted in a compositional scheme which parts from three volumes interleaved with three “patios” and voids,” said the studio.

LC710 is constructed of steel and concrete, which is mixed with a coloured aggregate that resembles pale wood.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

The materials were chosen to be durable in the city’s humidity, low maintenance, and to age gracefully over time.

The project is also characterised by three curved, concave patios on its upper storeys. The entrance at ground level curves the opposite way with a convex wall.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

Inside the first tower, closest to the street, are four duplicated floor plans: each including an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area that joins a terrace.

Within the second portion are three bedrooms and two bathrooms for every level. A hallway spans the long-section, connecting the three towers together.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

For the third tower in the rear of the property, a different configuration was employed. This structure itself houses a pair of two-storey residences, with matching layouts.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

The lower level includes living and kitchen area with an outdoor deck, while three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located upstairs. This layout is then duplicated for the top unit.

LC710 by Taller Hector Barroso

Interiors throughout the housing complex feature coloured concrete walls that match the exteriors. Dark wood floors and wood furniture is also used, with black cabinetry, pale timber pieces, and cream and grey tones adding a cohesive feel.

Taller Hector Barroso has also designed a housing complex in the Mexican lakeside town of Valle de Bravo, with a concrete exterior resembles terracotta.

Photography is by Rafael Gamo.

Project credits:

Architect-in-charge: Vianney Watine
Team: Diego Rentería, Silene Rivera
Landscape: Entorno Taller de paisaje
Furniture: La Metropolitana

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