Cap House by
MMX Studio


This house near Mexico City by local office MMX Studio comprises an assortment of exposed concrete buildings arranged around small gardens and courtyards (+ slideshow).

Cap House by MMX

Located west of the city in an area known as La Herradura, Cap House was designed by MMX Studio as an ensemble of one-, two- and three-storey blocks, which open out to gardens on two different levels.

Cap House by MMX

"The dwelling should not be the result of fragmenting a larger envelope, on the contrary, it should be the outcome of adding multiple rooms, each one with its own scale, proportions and identity," said architect Emmanuel Ramirez.

Cap House by MMX

An entrance punctures the perimeter wall of the front courtyard, leading through to spacious living and dining areas on the ground floor, as well as a single-car garage.

Cap House by MMX

The first floor contains additional living rooms, which open out to a plant-covered roof terrace, while the uppermost floor accommodates a bedroom and adjoining bathroom.

Cap House by MMX

The concrete walls remain exposed inside the house as well as outside, contrasting with wooden doors and window frames.

Cap House by MMX

Alongside the traditional architectural photography, photographer Yoshihiro Koitani composed one image showing the same woman in eight different positions.

Cap House by MMX

"We have always been interested in exploring all the ways in which the spaces can be used," Ramirez told Dezeen. "We gave the photographer total freedom to decide how the space can be inhabited beyond the obvious, and it is through this image that we can understand a sense of scale and flexibility."

Cap House by MMX

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Here's a project description from the architects:

CAP House

Located in a residential neighbourhood at the west of Mexico City, the house responds to a fragmented urban environment where the volumetric configuration of the buildings creates an uneven landscape of colours and volumes.

Cap House by MMX

The proposal adopts the logic of its context, and applies it within the plot by subdividing the program into its diverse parts.

Cap House by MMX

Each space takes shape as a response to the specific needs of the program and gets added onto a larger cluster of articulated volumes.

Cap House by MMX

Thus, the formal manifestation of the idea gets away from the more traditional operation of subdividing a larger envelope and instead, works with a logic of adding units of varying characteristics to create an ensemble rather than a standalone piece.

Cap House by MMX

This project explores the idea of the room as the basic unit of the house. The dwelling should not be the result of fragmenting a larger envelope, on the contrary, it should be the outcome of adding multiple rooms, each one with its own scale, proportions and identity.

Cap House by MMX

The scale of each room and the openings of the volumes are determined by the needs of the interior spaces, thus they manifest through the façade as a relaxed and non-committed gesture.

Cap House by MMX
3D design concept

Nodes of vertical movement, courtyards and gardens create a balance within the sequential progression of rooms across the site.

Cap House by MMX
Ground floor plan - click for larger image

The geometric outcome of this operation creates an articulated pattern of interlocked volumes and voids that complement one another within the scheme.

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First floor plan - click for larger image

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Client: JAR & MCSV
Date: 2013

Cap House by MMX
Second floor plan - click for larger image

Status: Built
Type: Residental
Credits: Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio Del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, Diego Ricalde Team: Javier Moctezuma, Erendira Tranquilino

Cap House by MMX
Cross sections
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Long section one
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Long section two
  • Frog

    This is an rendered project, true?

    • )eroen

      No, it’s exposed concrete.

  • dude

    A little DCA influence never did any harm. Well done guys!

  • guisforyou

    Because you can entertain your guests that are in the living room as you cook. Odds are you will not be cooking when everyone is in the dining room. Living rooms are informal and dining rooms are formal.

    • Concerned Citizen

      Hard to imagine anyone living in such a house cooking while guests are present. It’s such a plebeian exercise.

  • She

    Wow, very nice! Great concept, layout, and execution. Beautiful!

  • Dezeen Magazine

    Hi Frog. The images are photographs. You can see the photographer’s name credited in the text. Ashleigh/Dezeen