Mexico-based architectural firm A-001 Architectural Workshop has designed a private housing project Santiago 603. During the last decade, the rapid population growth in Mexico City has forced an accelerated production of residential spaces. This task has being left in hands of private investment, creating a boom in the developing business, that competes more and more to develop residential products, better adapted to the general needs at higher costs.
The social responsibility of the fine designed architecture, as a key factor for transforming cities and communities, has been left in second hand; in addition to poor regulations and controlling systems, middle class people has been left with few options of housing products.
Santiago 603 was conceived as an attempt to offer a high end design housing product, at a reasonable price, to a gap of people that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to own a house, designed by a well established architectural firm.
Through innovative details and creative solutions, we ended up with a set o 3 similar houses, which included all the internal and external spaces to cover the needs of almost any kind of client. Considering that the total surface shouldn’t exceed 2900 sq ft, so that the final price could adjust to almost any middle class budget.
Each house was designed as a pile of 3 rectangular blocks rotated 90° from the other. The selection of materials was a key factor to generate a geometric juxtaposition: clear vs. dark, solid vs. translucent and transverse vs. longitudinal. In addition, each block was complemented with a level of materiality that represented the kind of area it included: services in the first, public spaces in the second and private spaces on the third. The elements that connected all the parts together were made out of steel, creating floating thin lines that lightened the massive block composition.
Complementing the architecture with an interdisciplinary teamwork that figured out the interiors, each element and space was carefully designed. Generating a product full of fine architectural details, marked the difference between Santiago 603 and other similar projects.
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Every sketch is an idea; every idea is a dream and every dream is a project.
“A-001 Architectural Workshop” was founded at the beginnings of 2003, with the idea of developing good quality integrated projects. A new work structure was brought up, consisting of a work team composed by creative young people, committed to the social responsibility of an architecture which will contribute to the improvement of the urban environment as well as all spaces inhabited by man.
As leaders in architectural design, our goal is to offer the best projects by way of the best service, acting as the central axis of the project, gathering all the technical studies and external works to give form and reality to an idea.
We are constantly trying to reinvent the processes of making architecture, creating fresh and varied methodologies that unfold projects into creative adventures. We offer personalized architecture and consistent quality when it comes to innovative solutions to specific problems. We want to be the key element for a client’s dream and idea to take form, light, and color.
Having the possibility to work on very important projects, on different segments of architecture, such as Real estate developing, education, cultural, corporate & commercial and mostly residential and housing, as the architectural and construction design firm, has helped us gain a lot of experience on project developing.