Monterrey is a restoration and redevelopment project located in one of the most upbeat districts in Mexico City: la colonia Roma. During the 19th century, Monterrey avenue used to be a boulevard with majestic residences where the intellectual elite used to live. But in the late 70's Monterrey avenue changed drastically due to new urbanization practices and several of these old houses were in jeopardy.
The project involved a three-story house built in 1925 that was lately turned into an office space. A central goal of the project was to recover the original features of the house, particularly its wooden three flight staircase (enveloped by a skylight at the center of the house), the main entrance and lobby. The original construction of the house occupies sixty percent of the plot; while we built in the remaining forty percent an eight-story tower using a light steel structure and a glass façade.
The house has been turned into two apartments respecting the original layout. The new tower intends to attune itself to a variety of lifestyles inhabiting la colonia Roma. Thus, it considers the needs and requirements of a wide variety of possible residents. It has four one-bedroom studios, four two-story apartments with three bedrooms each, and a single-story apartment with two bedrooms. The original rooftop of the house located on the third level is repurposed as a terrace space for the apartments. The result is a coherent eleven apartment complex where the past evolves to satisfy different lifestyles from the 21st century.