Ambrosi Etchegaray inserts homes behind old Mexico City facade

  • Architecture studio Ambrosi Etchegaray has slotted four new homes behind a historic facade in Mexico City, but left enough space for three secluded patios (+ slideshow).
  • “The [facade] condition inspired us to rethink life inside the old house and translate the schema into the new building,” explained Ambrosi and Etchegaray.
  • “The project’s intention was to create interior spaces emulating the original patios, while maintaining privacy of these spaces from the other apartments,” they added.
  • The first of the four homes sits directly behind the facade, occupying the first, second and third floors.
  • Known as the Antonio Sola Townhouses, the four-storey block is located in the Colonia Condesa neighbourhood, near where architects Jorge Ambrosi and Gabriela Etchegaray are based.


Turkey’s mega projects: Pipe dreams or game-changers?

  • Proponents of such major development projects see this as Turkey’s march toward becoming a fully developed and even more prosperous country, saying a resource-poor country can generate wealth through large-scale construction projects.
  • But critics are insistent that regulations are being violated or ignored, and the massive environmental damage these projects could cause will hurt the country even more in the long term.
  • This is not the case with this old centralist mindset that exists at the moment,” he told MEE.

    “These people [the government] see these big construction projects as purely a source to make money for themselves and those close to them,” he added.

  • The construction of hundreds of hydroelectric power stations in the region is also a major point of contention.
  • Local media reports say that work is continuing at some sites despite a local court ordering a halt to construction activity.