The plot of land that Casa CorManca is built on might be small (39′ x 42′) but the structure itself is anything but. The front exterior looks to be a slate-covered box, but the back reveals light-filled layers of indoor and outdoor spaces with the bonus of having a vertical garden wall. Designed by PAUL CREMOUX studio, the Mexico City, Mexico residence incorporates sustainable measures, not often achieved in the area.
The structure is split over three floors and the main outdoor terrace is located on the second floor, as you can see above. The open, centrally-located terrace is a vital social area for the house.
Around back the house completely opens up with an interior courtyard that allows light to flood the house. It also gives the family privacy while outside.
The vertical vegetation garden is the main focal point in the courtyard area and warms up the slate and wood clad walls of the exterior. The wall, with over 4,000 plants, helps with the air quality and increases the humidity.
The house might not have your typical yard, but the vertical wall more than makes up for it.
The architect brought in recyclable materials, used low VOC paint, and incorporated three heat exhaustion chimneys to control the hot temperatures in the bedroom areas. Cross ventilation and passive energy/temperature control strategies were also built into the design.
Slate was brought into the design of the interior as well, creating a focal wall in the living area.
The open staircase is almost sculptural as it floats between floors, connecting the interior spaces.
Photos by Héctor Armanado Herrera and PCW.