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Perforations characterise coloured concrete housing block in Mexico City

Mexican studio Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos has designed the Real de Los Reyes housing complex in Mexico City’s Coyoacán neighbourhood, which features coloured concrete facades pierced with circular perforations.

The housing block includes 13 individual homes formed from rectilinear reinforced concrete volumes in a distinctive terracotta hue with perforated latticework in Coyoacán, a former village that continues to be known as the cultural heart of Mexico City.

Perforations on facade of Mexican coloured concrete housing block
Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos added space for parking to the street level

“The design intention was to preserve the use of the land in the area, conserving and respecting the heights allowed by the city regulations,” said Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos.

“[The project has] a well-defined appearance, in which mass and materiality are exposed in a solution that personalises the home.”

Inner courtyard within Real de Los Reyes housing block by Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos
Living rooms open onto inner courtyards

Each house is arranged across four levels, with space for parking and service units located at street level.

Visitors enter the ground floor via chunky staircases that lead to communal areas such as spacious living rooms, which open onto sun-lit inner courtyards flanked by concrete walls and floor-to-ceiling glazing.

Real de Los Reyes housing in Mexico by Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos
Each dwelling is arranged across four levels

The first floor features each dwelling’s private spaces including bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, while the final rooftop level offers a private terrace with views of the surrounding neighbourhood.

Throughout the complex, circular perforations cast dramatic shadows on the facades, while the site is interspersed with patches of lush vegetation.

“Real de Los Reyes was designed with a passive energy strategy leveraging natural lighting and cross ventilation connecting each of the spaces within each house to their corresponding open spaces [such as] lighting cubes and/or patios,” explained the architecture studio.

“The architectural programme is based at its core around the daily activities in the home,” it added. “Given the change in post-pandemic routines, spaces have been considered that are not only comfortable and functional but integrate moments of silence, lighting, privacy and joy.”

Coloured concrete facade on house in Mexico City
Circular perforations cast shadows onto the houses’ facades

The houses’ interior designs were left to their individual occupants, according to Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos.

Coloured concrete is often used by architects to complete residential projects in Mexico. Similar housing include a board-formed concrete Mexico City residence by local studio PPAA and a pigmented apartment block in Veracruz by Rafael Pardo.

The photography is by Rafael Gamo

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