2012-2013. On a 12 meters by 13 meters (39ft by 42ft) plot of land, a monolithic volume is transformed in order to attain luminous indoor spaces. Slade stone at the exterior facades is contrasted with the soft beech like wood finish, achieving great definition and space discovery.
Ground floor area 127 m2, (1,367 SqFt), the construction rises looking south to the vertical vegetation garden wall. It is a 3 stories high assembly where the main terrace is to be found at the second level, follow by a small lecture studio. This area is intent to transform radically the notion of “open patio garden” since there is not really space to ensure a ground courtyard, the main terrace plays a social definitive roll.
Recyclable content materials, VOC paint, cross ventilations highly used and passive energy-temperature control strategies are bound into the core design. Three heat exhaustion chimney work as main devices to control hot temperature at bedrooms areas. Vertical garden is a mayor air quality and humidity creator, where before there was any plant, now we have planted over 4000.
Vertical garden absorbing 187kg of CO2 per year. Green Rooftop Gardens 80kg of CO2 per year vs heat Island Effect TOTAL CO2 absorbed per year 267kg
We would like to think about vegetation not only as a practical temperature-humidity comfort control device, or as a beautiful energetic view, but also as an element that acts like a light curtain, accomplishing the idea of a theatrical dramatic plane, where more space is to be found at the back.
Credits: Design Architect: Paul Cremoux Project Team: Anna Giribets Martin. Structural Engineering: Arch. Ricardo Camacho. MEP and Sustainability Consultant and Vertical Garden: Ing. José Antonio Lino Mina, DIA. General Contractor: Fermín Espinosa, Alfredo Galván, Factor Eficiencia Photos: Héctor Armanado Herrera and PCW