19th century Mexican home, building facade, apartment housing, apartment exterior design

19th century Mexican home restored to an apartment block

| 18 : 30 – 11 November 2019 | 

Monterrey 55, 19th century Mexican home, La Colonia Roma apartment, apartment facade, windows of apartment

A 19th century Mexican home – ‘Monterrey 55’ located in La Colonia Roma district was restored to accommodate multilevel apartments.

Architect Pablo Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas completed the project in La Colonia Roma, an upcoming district in Mexico. Built in 1925, the house had been turned to an office and stripped of its architectural significance.

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The restored, redeveloped – Monterrey 55

A central wooden staircase wrapping the skylight – a highlight of the space was restored. An additional 5-storey was added to existing three floors below of the 19th century Mexican home.

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Wooden staircase below the skylight

A mix of apartments with varying number of bedrooms were planned out in the new tower. The existing terrace on the third floor was used as a terrace for the residents occupying of the floor. 

axonometric floor plan, cad drawing, floor plan for apartment, Mexico city

2 apartment units connected on ground floor

From the Architects – 

‘Monterrey 55’ is a restoration and redevelopment project located in one of the most upcoming, upbeat, re–developing districts in Mexico City : La Colonia Roma. In the 19th  century, Monterrey Av. used to be a tree decorated boulevard with majestic residences where the intellectual elite used to live. Unfortunately, due to the new urbanization practices of the late 70’s, Monterrey Avenue’s life changed drastically. This put these old houses in jeopardy and this is where this project comes in.

living room, arched window, white interiors, sofa black window

Arched windows along the facade bring in daylight

We have taken a three story beautiful house built in 1925 that had been stripped out of its character by turning it into an office space, and we have infused it with a new life. A central goal of this project was to rescue one of the main features of this house, its wooden three flight staircase that envelopes the skylight at the center of the house.

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Central skylight lit’s up the wooden staircase

Refurbished areas –

We recovered this area as the main entrance and residential lobby. This refurbished area leads to the new contemporary tower. The original house occupies sixty percent of the plot; in the remaining forty percent we have built this eight story tower using a light steel structure and a glass façade.

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5 story added using light steel structure


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Dining space in one the apartment

The original house, which dimensions exceeds today’s needs, has been turned into two apartments that have respected the original layout. The new tower is attuned to the variety of lifestyles that inhabit La Colonia Roma and Mexico City as a whole.

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First floor – Two independent apartments

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2-bedroom apartment floor

Thus, it considers the needs and requirements of a wide variety of possible residents.  It has four studios with one bedroom, four two story high apartments with three bedrooms each. A single level apartment with two bedrooms was also accommodated.

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Minimalist bedroom interior


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Lively, cosy living room

The rooftop of the original house is repurposed into the terrace space for apartments located on the third level. The result is a coherent eleven apartment complex where the magnificence of the past has evolved to satisfy the demanding lifestyles of the contemporary 21st century cosmopolitan citizen.

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Roof terrace atop both building 



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Dining space

Project details – 

Project Name – Monterrey 55

Location – Colonia Roma, Mexico City

Architects – Pablo Pérez Palacios + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas

Design team – Miguel Vargas, Andrés Domínguez, Juan Huicochea, Justino Torres, Nancy Estévez

Project type – Residence, apartment housing, restoration

Photography  – © Rafael Gamo

Construction –  DCPP Construcciones

Area – 2088 sq. mts.

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