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Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Mexico Architecture News - Feb 13, 2019 - 05:18   2943 views

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Multiple intersections of staircases form the facade of this multi-family building in Yucatán, México. The overall form of the building is dominated by white-colored staircases that create a zig-zag pattern on its front elevation. 

Designed by Mexican architecture practice Arkham Projects, the architects proposed a clever and simple solution to meet demands of their client. 

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Named Sonata, the building is described as "a quest, a constant quest to offer a unique product within a market full with similar options in size, program and price."

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Covering a total of 536-square-metre area, the building comprises 4 linear town houses that have its private gardens at the front and backyard. Each townhouse covers a 134-square-metre space, including dining-living room and kitchen on the ground floor, two bedrooms and baths on the upper floor, with private car parking. 

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

"Sonata is a quest, a constant quest to offer a unique product within a market full with similar options in size, program and price," said Arkham Projects.

"The client asked for the project to be “different”, but economically accessible, in which "nothing felt extra" any material or element that he felt didn’t have a functional purpose, was going to be removed at the time of construction," added the architects.

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

"With a main façade facing south, in Yucatan, we knew that the protection from the sun was a must, however, a skin or lattice was no longer an option if we wanted to achieve what the client requested; it would be necessary to find within the architectural program a way to protect the user, and at the same time, turn this resource into a fundamental one for the success of the project, which without it, the project could not work."

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

For the solution the architects removed vertical circulations from the inside, and created an intersection of two staircases, one closed and one open, which give the project a playful minimalism, but not in the plastic sense, but economic, taking the words of the client as a basis for the design. 

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

The architects designed a façade that can not be removed, with horizontal repetitions, which simplify the whole when seeing it in its entirety.

The white color works as the guideline, as a integrator, leaving the sun to be the protagonist while painting the façade with light, turning the project into a canvas where the shadows can be seen in different forms throughout the day.

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Its architectural program is simple, social areas on the ground floor and on the roof, vertically containing two bedrooms that are on the first level, a private area that can only be accessed through a corridor on the same level. 

Stairs not only play an important role in terms of visual privacy from the outside, but also prevent the circulation of visitors through private areas of the living units when accessing the roof. Each unit has a backyard and parking spots for two vehicles, which will soon be protected from the sun by the foliage of trees.

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

"A project that initially revolved around money, ended up revolving around intimacy, privacy, harmony and curiosity," explained the architects. 

"With the same architectural program and price as many, but a sincere project, where the function and aesthetics are one, where complexity and simplicity blend to become Sonata," they added.

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Intersection of staircases forms the facade of this multi-family building in México

Project facts

Name: Sonata

Location: Calle 8b No.335, Gonzalo Guerrero, 97115 Mérida, Yucatán, México

Author: Arq. Benjamín Peniche Calafell y Arq. Jorge Duarte Torre.  

Office: Arkham Projects  

Start / End: November 2017 / December 2018

Each townhouse: 134m2

Square meter: 536 m2

Category: Multi-family dwellings

Typology: Residential

Images © Tamara Uribe 

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