A Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments by Soler Orozco Arquitectos

A Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments by Soler Orozco Arquitectos

Project: Águilas 324 / Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments
Architects: Soler Orozco Arquitectos
Team: Design Team Juan Soler, Alan Orozco, Omar Morales, Alberto Villar
Structural Engineering: FVS Ingenierías
MEP Engineering: M3 Ingenierías
Landscape design: Entorno Taller de Paisaje
Location: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Size:1,345 m2
Photography: César Béjar

Located in the south of Mexico City, this discreet building is on a plot measuring 10 meters across and 40 meters deep and houses a swim school and four duplex apartments with underground parking for 16 cars.

A Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments by Soler Orozco Arquitectos

Constructed out of concrete and steel and designed in section, the mixed-use program and property size were the determining factors of the solution.

Swim School, Soler Orozco Arquitectos

The parking and the swim school required a column-free space and the optimization of the available width. The 8-by-23-meter pool spans almost half of the property’s surface, and must allow sufficient space (1-meter-wide walkways) for coaches to be able to walk around it. Above, the apartments need to have independent street access and to maximize the saleable area.

A Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments by Soler Orozco Arquitectos

The structure is the key to the design proposal: the pool’s weight requires a transversal structure (across the shorter distance), as opposed to a longitudinal one for the apartments above. This allows the property line walls to be simple partitions, freeing up the largest-possible space for the pool. Four sturdy concrete columns set back one meter from these walls work like table legs, supporting a 7-meter-high, 30-meter-long truss that contain the two-story apartments.

interior staircase, Soler Orozco Arquitectos

With two axes of symmetry and a single typology, the four, two-story apartments have 5-meter frontages. A series of different interior levels creates a one-and-a-half-height living room; a second bedroom occupies an intermediate level; while the family room and master bedroom are located half a level above. Each apartment has two, 8-square-meter terraces, one per level, in addition to a roof garden, covered by a light metallic structure that supports the pool’s solar heating system.

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A Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments by Soler Orozco Arquitectos

dining area, Soler Orozco Arquitectos

living room, Soler Orozco Arquitectos

bathroom, Soler Orozco Arquitectos

A Swim School and Four Duplex Apartments by Soler Orozco Arquitectos

concrete stair, Soler Orozco Arquitectos

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