Mixcoac House by FRENTEarquitectura


Mexican studio FRENTEarquitectura have completed a house in México City where the upper storey overhangs a long strip of garden.

Called Mixcoac House, the project involved demolishing and rebuilding a house on the site, retaining the only the street-facing facade.

Above image is by Paul Czitrom

The ground floor of the new residence occupies one side of the long narrow site, creating a strip of garden next to it.

Above and top photos are by Paul Czitrom

The upper storey is twisted to cantilever out over this narrow lawn.

Photographs are by Juan Pablo Maza except where stated otherwise.

Here are some more details from the architects:

Mixcoac House

Preserving only the street-front façade the project consisted of the demolition of an old building and the design of a new house in a chaotic neighborhood of Mexico City with very low budget.

Spaciousness impression is created on the small lot by dividing lengthwise the ground-floor and concentrating the construction on one side, taking the fullest possible advantage of the depth of the lot for the garden. The sky printed on the canvas at the lot’s boundary, helps to achieve the initial idea.

Scale and perspective were manipulated by inclining planes, treating textures, and varying the window modules to achieve visual effects that underline the idea of spaciousness.

The staircase vanishes into the kitchen wall while natural sunlight is driven into the living-room through a skylight. The master bedroom consists of a turned volume that gains the view towards the garden next door.

The house has a living and dining room, bedroom, study, kitchen, and bathroom on the ground floor, and a master bedroom, closet, bathroom, and terrace on the upper level.

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Typology: Private House
Location: Mixcoac, México City
Area: 92 sqm

Project Team:
Juan Pablo Maza
Carlos Bedoya
Wonne Ickx
Victor Jaime
Abel Perles
David Ortega
Gabriela Morales
Verónica Espinosa
Jair Calderón

Structural Engineer: Oscar Trejo


Posted on Tuesday April 6th 2010 at 7:14 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • erik

    I remember seeing this project for the first time about one year ago, and as of today, I still think it’s just odd how weird it looks.

  • Payola

  • tanya telford – T

    looks like a surprising and inspiring low budget (although does not say how low) space conversion, really like the contrast and character created & maintained by keeping original façade,

  • Matthias

    …and all I got was this green bitumen roof.

  • E.

    the roof is a problem.
    Love the look of it all tough, doesn’t look like a house AT ALL, great!
    very androngynous.


    destaca su formalidad. pero solo hasta ahi..

  • it looks so strange to have glass walls on the bottom half and to have two small windows on the second half…i personally enjoy open space; why can’t there be more natural light on the top?

  • xavi

    like it!
    i’d like to know the price per sq
    to see if it really was “low budget” as the note said

  • Peter

    The planning however is terrible – look at the relationship between the kitchen, front door, stairway and the dining area. Unworkable! I suspect the budget was not that low – they could afford to cantilever the upper floor.

  • bebo

    it would have been much better if there is a roof garden, and i realy hate the position of the small window in the corner of the bathroom.

  • gaque

    its an interesting design. but i get the feeling that beautiful blue sky isn’t actually there ; ) the way that the one room curves up is a bit odd, but a nice touch i guess.

  • Diu

    I know this project, the cloudy blue sky is printed in a surface at the back of the site, and the upper floor is actually supported on the lateral wall.