Constitución 8 is a residential apartment building in the city of Puebla, Mexico, located in an area of high growth. It emerges as a real estate development for sale under the premise of making every single apartment unique. The project idea repels the typical design plan from its conception under the principle of maximum adaptability while generating 10 different and expressive apartments.
The creation of individual spaces is achieved through offsets in both plan and section. The volumes of the apartments also move freely in and out, and up and down. The horizontal offsets generate wider spaces in the interiors of the apartments while on the upper level they generate terraces and balconies. The vertical offsets generate double heights in some areas and level changes in others. This effect makes the project a unique and dynamic project.
Another guiding idea for the project is to integrate it into its context through lighting and ventilation in all spaces, while utilizing interesting views of the city and the surrounding nature. Different areas of leisure and conviviality are also generated, such as a common garden on the ground floor and a panoramic rooftop terrace that dominates the neighboring landscape.
The building maintains an industrial aesthetic inspired by the design trend of the loft, achieving open spaces that respond to the contemporary way of living. Exposed materials such as glass, block, and partitions were selected for warmth as well as for the low maintenance cost.
We chose to use concrete for the building's structural elements such as columns and beams, as well as cement block for the facade because of the practicality in construction and to achieve a solid appearance. It also represents a low maintenance cost in the long term.
A key factor in the election of these materials was the fact that there is no need of an additional cover, keeping congruence between structure, aesthetic, and function. The concrete elements also provide a highly attractive and unconventional appearance for residential buildings, which reinforces the creative concepts of the loft typology.
For the interior of the apartments, we individually designed all elements of carpentry (closets and kitchens), lighting (lights and exposed pipes), and fittings (handles and keys). Thus achieving an atmosphere of exclusivity, personality, and distinction.