Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
CICERON II in Polanco, Mexico City by Dellekamp Arquitectos
July 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Dellekamp Arquitectos
This three-apartment penthouse building on the corner of Calle Cicerón, located in Mexico City’s high-end residential hub of Polanco, resorts to a single structural strategy for all its achievements. Instead of investing in façade design, it bets on a structure of clear-cut spatial intention that maximizes window view while preserving privacy.
The externally-shored right-angle back walls support three cantilever floors totally parting with the use of columns and front walls. Thin slab coffered ceilings are used to lift weight from the overall structure. The knee walls carrying the windows also serve as girders to support the load of each floor; their height is proportional to the street-level view angle necessary in preserving the apartments’ privacy, as well as to the load carried per floor; by consequence, the higher the floor the taller the window.
The greatest luxury in this building is undoubtedly the viewing area each residence enjoys. Rooms and services, concentrated towards the back walls, remain hidden from the street front. The final result is a living space of unobstructed view with very expressive ceilings. The building’s structure becomes an aesthetic statement in that functionality and architectonic eloquence coincide perfectly: each aspect expresses an articulate architectonic solution.
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