Completed in 2010, this residential project is designed by Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados with 90m2 of the construction size. Calero is located in San Angel, in the south of Mexico City with a plot that has an existing construction made out of brick and tile. A new proposal with centering wood and sustainable construction is solved with the minimum materials, minimum cost, and minimum elements.
This residential project is arranged under the premise of reusing the necessary elements to create an architectural construction: a centering wood. The construction itself is made from the remaining material and it is reused but not modified. It is the main material the determining element that defines the finish machining, structure, and dimensions.
A dual concept can be achieved in this project where the building material is used and obtained without hiding or covering it. A recycling conscience is also generated to create a sustainable construction in all aspects, not only in ecological terms but also theoretically and socially.
The centering wood occupies this project in a central place in structural and aesthetical terms. This wood becomes a lattice, beam, column, wall, and floor for the house. The house roof is designed and made by a multipanel sheet for its economic and light character. Using cardboard tubes for thermal and acoustic insulation, the performance of this roof also can be improved.
These cardboard tubes are obtained from a cloth store that also being recycled material. This way can make the roof has the best function in this house. A construction method without using concrete is also used by the architect to create the most possible in workshops with reducing costs purpose. The result is a construction with a cost of approximately 25% of the conventional construction of the project.
Photographer: Onnis Luque