Luzia, a real estate development in the City of Monterrey with remodeled amenities, is in a sector that was forgotten and rescued in the middle of the Paseo Santa Lucia urban project. Its location resulted in a capital gain thanks to the incorporation of new design elements and the ability to interact with a new community living in a new neighborhood environment. It has urban spaces that are ideal for taking walks where locales were added for entertainment, making it a new place for family gatherings.
With this premise in mind, the new inhabitants of the zone are mainly married couples between the ages of 40 and 45, with small children. They are professionals with a more contemporary European type of lifestyle. They have simplified their lives, their processes, and the spaces where they live to a maximum. At the same time, their day-to-day activities in the residential complex favor their family’s well-being, breaking with more conservative traditions of the inhabitants of the State of Nuevo León.
The amenities originally proposed for this real estate development were very traditional in their design, imitating American housing projects with the use of walnut finishes, gold light fixtures, crystal spheres, and elegant finishing touches. That type of design does not reflect the development’s concept for the type of inhabitants it wants to attract. For that reason, the remodeling proposal for these spaces is based on modernity with the use of color as a differentiating element that is attractive to the preferences of new generations. With the incorporation of dynamic furnishings and a reduction in the budget, spatial quality was achieved for new generations of families who will inhabit and enjoy the complex.
The entrance to the building was designed to reflect modernness, but with youthfulness and the use of earth tones and materials reflecting the same colors. The furniture in the reception uses a combination of black and white granite, a back wall covered with strips of pine emulating the large mountains that surround the City of Monterrey. The lobby has curved forms on the ceilings as well as on the floors that can be observed from the street, attracting the flow of people from the outside of the building towards the inside. This makes a connection between straight and curved elements that provide a touch of elegance, of perfect geometries, connecting to the spaces in the complex and representing the Santa Lucía River in different parts of the city.
At the end of the lobby’s corridor is a space with a built-in bench, chairs, and tables where apartment owners can have a small business meeting, a chat with a neighbor or it can be used as a waiting area so that visitors do not have to go up to the apartments. That touch of modern elegance is attractive for the new families that have invested in the complex and converted it into one of the real estate developments in most demand in the city.
Within the remodeled amenities is a space on the eighth level called the catering room. With one of the best views of the City of Monterrey and Fundidora Park, it is an area with appliances that include a stove, refrigerator, microwave, etc. and it is like the social area (kitchen, living room and dining room) of the apartments, but it is much larger. It is a space that can be used by the owners or inhabitants for gatherings with numerous guests and it has everything necessary to make it feel like a gathering at home.
The children’s area was moved next to the previously mentioned space for more control and supervision by adults. The furniture is perfect for children as well as for parents who want to work there or do other activities. Acoustical insulation was used so that the parents’ activities are not interrupted but they can aways supervise their young children to avoid accidents, harassment, etc.
The area with barbeque grills was also remodeled and it has had great impact. There is a translucid roof that allows natural light to penetrate the area, but it also protects those using the space from rain and ultraviolet light. All remodeled spaces allow inhabitants to do recreational activities freely and to express themselves as individuals in a place that reflects their modern lives.