To consider the heritage value of the house was the guideline for the design process says Jacobo Micha + Jaime Michaat on U-125—ARCHETONIC’s New Offices, Ciudad de México, Mexico ARCHETONIC. The project was a American Architecture Prize 2017 Winner Architectural Design under Restoration & Renovation
As architects, ARCHETONIC are inspired to make the most of the pre-existing infrastructure of Mexico city. This led them to design U125, which recycles a house located in Lomas de Chapultepec and was originally built in the ’50s. They saw the potential of this building and had the vision to convert it into their firm’s headquarters. They preserved the house, giving it added value and a cutting-edge look.
The house that originally contained 300-sq.m in 3 levels was intervened, transformed and extended. Today it hosts an office program with 604 sq. m in 4 levels plus a terrace.
To consider the heritage value of the house was the guideline for their design process. They respected the proportions, openings, access and volume preserving its original essence, achieving harmony between the pre-existing space and their intervention.
Three metal-plate roofs refer to the proportions of the house below, and a metal mesh, tensioned between these roofs, give the building its discrete, clean and elegant look, while at night time, the lighting reveals its more complex characteristic—its history.
Inside, at every level, a selection of different pieces of art is concerned with the fact that ARCHETONIC want their workspace to exhibit the talent of several artists, especifically Mexican. In the first level and upper levels they created terraces for the coexistence and recreation of their team. These areas are used daily to eat, live and work in open spaces overlooking the city.
- project: U125
- location: Lomas de Chapultepec, CDMX, Mexico
- client: ARCHETONIC
- architects: Jacobo Micha Mizrahi + Jaime Micha Balas
- design team: Ernesto Rossell Zanotelli, Jessica Steiner Durán, Désirée Gómez Córdova
- main contractor: ARCHETONIC
- year of completion: 2016
- consultants: Montes de Oca Ingenieros Consultores
- suppliers: Interbrax, Kone, Vitro canceles, Vitra-Ofita
- photographs: Rafael Gamo y Yoshihiro Koitani