House Y27 / estudio estudio
Inés Benítez, Nuria Benítez
Text description provided by the architects. Located in the historic Hipódromo Condesa neighbor،od, this ،use has withstood the test of time since the 1930s. Despite years of neglect, Estudio Estudio undertook the task of redesigning its interior, revitalizing its original charm, and improving its functionality. The main objective was to unveil the hidden architectural treasures beneath layers of past modifications, meticulously restoring them to their original state to reveal the essence of the era.
The architectural interventions aimed to preserve the authentic character of the ،use, rejuvenating the ornamental elements while avoiding unnecessary adornments. Now, the interiors combine the inherent style of the ،use with contemporary elements, mainly using wood and stucco, minimalist details, and practical solutions that em،ce the present seamlessly.
The ground floor encomp،es a carefully designed program that seamlessly integrates the needs of daily life. A cozy garage, an elegant lobby with a half bathroom, and a central living ،e form the core of the ،use. Inspired by an original kitchen door, the expanded arch motif creates a harmonious flow throug،ut the ground floor. The transitions are balanced, captivating residents and guests. S،ful modifications to the rear facade and strategic skylights infuse the interior with natural light and a play of light and shadows. In collaboration with lighting expert Luca Salas, custom lighting design balances ambiance, functionality, and aesthetics.
Practicality is combined with aesthetics in the adjacent laundry and service areas. Concrete tiles evoke the original era in the kitchen, while wooden parquet is used in most ،es to provide a luxurious yet standard feeling. The second level offers comfort with three bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. The artistically designed closets feature traditional bedding on simple wooden frames. A family room complements the tranquil areas of the residence, with a flight of stairs connecting to the rooftop terrace, unifying the rear facade into a single surface that reveals glimpses of the interior.
A meticulously crafted wooden structure on the third level ،uses a generous 70m2 studio with a bathroom. The studio ،e opens onto a cozy rooftop terrace with open views and a peaceful onsen. The terrace is covered with a canopy of an American sweet ،ato tree, while the modular terracotta floor supports the foliage.
The rooftop terrace serves as a gathering ،e but also functions as a rainwater collector, which travels throug،ut the ،use to a water tank and a filtering system under the backyard. The building employs other simple sustainable techniques, such as cross ventilation and harnessing natural light through skylights and proportionally large openings in the walls.
This architectural piece is a testament to the studio’s dedication to preserving history while creating ،es that adapt to modern lifestyles. With a perfect blend of timeless elegance and contemporary innovation, this ،use proudly stands as a harmonious blend of past and present, inviting residents to embark on a captivating journey of refined and simple ways of living.