Casa Cerrada Reforma 108
by DCPP Arquitectos

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Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

A high-walled courtyard runs parallel to this long black house in Mexico City by DCPP Arquitectos.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

The plot is divided into two narrow rectangles, with the house on one side and the courtyard on the other.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Inside the courtyard is a wooden screen which stands out against the surrounding black walls.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Glazing on the courtyard side of the house provides views to the outdoor space from the kitchen, living area and upstairs bedroom.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Stairs at the far end of the house lead up to a bedroom and extra living area on the middle floor.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Another set of stairs in the centre of the house lead to a further two bedrooms and an outdoor terrace on the top floor.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

We've also recently featured proposals by DCPP Arquitectos for a tower block with protruding swimming pools - see it here alongside a few more of their projects.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

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Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Photographs are by Onnis Luque.

Here's some more information from DCPP Arquitectos:


Cerrada Reforma 108 is a residential project located in San Ángel, in the south of Mexico City. The plot is rectangular and its dimensions are 10 x 20 metres.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

The concept of the house parted from the idea of positive and negative space, seeking to create a game of counterparts to define and virtually contain the exterior space.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

We decided to construct only half of the plot with a longitudinal block of 5 x 20 metres that corresponds to the house.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

The negative space is conceived as the open space or public area, which is contained but not occupied, it has exactly the same dimensions but is not built, creating a dialogue between this counterparts.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Ground floor plan – click above for larger image

The built block dialogues with its open counterpart through a transparent façade all along the side, leaving open one of its faces.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

First floor plan – click above for larger image

In this way, the only closed elements are the private areas such as bathrooms and kitchen.

Casa Cerrada Reforma 108 by DCPP Arquitectos

Second floor plan – click above for larger image

The counterpart of the transparent façade is a solid wall with the same height that contains the open space. This helps close the visibility towards the neighbours, giving privacy to the house.

  • richard

    Love the black!!! Amazing house in such a small plot.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Zazous

    A great use of a small space. Creates the illusion of a much larger plot.

  • dare

    Needs more plants to create more oxygen and lower the temp on the black-painted house instead of pavement. Again with no railings but nonetheless the design is great :) You can have some artwork placed on the garden wall to be visible on the first floor window if those black wall is starting to get sore eyes waiting for the tree to grow :p

  • Brent

    I think I'm in love…