Mar Mediterraneo 34

Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project

About the project
Considered one of the magical neighborhoods of Mexico City, Tacuba has an enormous cultural and architectural heritage. At the end of the 19th century it became one of the wealthiest areas with large country houses, some of them were abandoned and others were collapsed. The project started with the idea of giving a second life to an eclectic style house in advance deterioration built in 1910, during the Porfiriato era, and which holds historical value by the National Institute of Fine Arts. Multiple artistic and artisanal elements were recovered from the main facade. The main patio is reconstructed as a reinterpretation of the past, portraying the arrangement of the old portals as a sequence of light and shadow; these openings rise intermittently in double height from a volcanic stone baseboard and become a solid element of introspective architecture. The restored house has 3 levels with 7 apartments that adapt to different spaces: loft, studio, familiar apartment and penthouse.

Mar Mediterraneo 34, Tacuba, Miguel Hidalgo, 11410, Mexico City, Mexico

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Submitter and author:
Inca Hernandez is a Venezuelan architect living in Mexico since 2015. He worked with world-renowned Architects such as Tadao Ando (Pritzker, 1995) and Alvaro Siza (Pritzker 1992) in different projects in Oaxaca for Casa Wabi's foundation. He has also worked in new real estate developments and restoration projects in Mexico City. He has currently started with his own firm Inca Hernandez Arquitectura developing research, art direction and architecture projects in Mexico, Venezuela, Italy and Colombia.
Architect of the project: Inca Hernández.

Participants and partners of the project
Development: Top Project Multiplex / Efraín Hernández
Photography: João Morgado- Architecture Photography
Interior design: Ana Ximena García, Inca Hernández, Raíz Mx, Adrián González (Mercado de Chacharitas)
Collaborators: Gabriela Llovera Arciniegas, Luis Enrique Vargas
Structural engineering: Javier Soria