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An Old Home is Replaced with a Smaller, Sustainable House

04.05.16 | By
An Old Home is Replaced with a Smaller, Sustainable House

This project in Mexico City consisted of taking a 2,754 square foot house to a 1,937 square foot one that had a similar layout, but the new design is a sustainable one with better use of space and indoor/outdoor living. Designed by Paul Cremoux Studio, Casa Nirau focuses on open spaces for maximum daylight and plenty of outdoor space.

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With at least 70% of the days every year having great weather, outdoor living is an important factor. The main living and dining area open up completely to the deck terrace, which extends the usable square footage.

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The roof and main terrace collect to the rainwater, which then passes through two main carbon activated filters to become drinking water.

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The deck flooring extends up to become the facade of the house.

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This strategically placed window in the dining area visually expands the space by framing views of the outdoors.

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Photos by PCW.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.