On a small and challenging plot in Mexico City, architecture studio PPAA decided to create two small town houses as the most efficient use of the size. This left each house with a front of only 4 meters wide, but they managed to generate a unique space.  

Taking advantage of the east-west orientation of the plot, PPAA opted for a series of stackable spaces, that would get light and ventilation from the street at the front, and from a private and contained patio on the back.

This resulted in two houses with independence and privacy in all of their spaces.

With this solution, they achieved an absolute transparency leaving circulation as the element that connects the different levels.

Structurally the project has three concrete walls and three slabs, the rest of the elements are not load bearing, they are wood.

Responding to the structure, the concrete walls were left exposed and they closed the design with a series of window fixtures that would allow a totally open space.

The patio window was designed so it would make a parable that stacks completely with the wall, totally eliminating the limits within the interior and exterior. 

The program was organised leaving the garage and services on street level, with the social area on the lower floor.

A bedroom and studio are on the first floor and the main bedroom with a terrace is on the top floor.

Photography by Rafael Gamo

Architecture & Design by PPAA

Team: Miguel Vargas, Andrés Domínguez, Sergio Delgado, Nancy Estévez, Jonathan Calderón y Antonio Contreras.

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