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Amani, merging the interior with the exterior


Housing  /  Completed

AMANI is made of 2 large parallel bodies with 22 levels each, where 17 contain 226 apartments which go from 84 sqm to 168 sqm, one main access floor which is where the lobby is, one contains some of the amenities and 3 underground parking levels.
The project is designed to be built in 2 phases taking into account the financial plan of the real estate development.

The two slender volumes are constituted of various blocks which incorporate large voids that are strategically placed to house the amenities of the project. This spaces are subtracted from the main geometry in a way that frames the privileged views. The buildings end in cantilever, as if in a jigsaw puzzle, achieving the objective of merging the interior with the exterior and connecting visually with its environment.

Each housing unit was designed to receive abundant natural light and ventilation, which prompted the main halls to be in the space between both volumes. This particular premise also allowed for spectacular panoramic views to the city, the gardens and distant volcanoes from every apartment. To emphasize this relationship with the environment even further, every apartment was also gifted with generous terraces.

The foundation is designed using strip footing for both towers. The structure is based on reinforced concrete columns, main concrete beams and post-tensioned slabs. The post-tensioned structure allows for a bolder architecture with large clearings and cantilevers of up to 9 m.
It is important to mention that based on the seismic conditions of the area an earthquake response spectrum was needed to know the precise seismic data of the site.

AMANI shows honesty and coherence between its structural solution and its finishes
The exterior finishes of the towers are mostly apparent concrete, ironwork and glass.
The use of regional marbles such as Santo Tomas and others, predominate the interior flooring, including those inside the apartments.
The halls contain porcelain floors to withstand high density traffic.
The interior apartment walls are made of sheetrock and paint which allows for extended flexibility to the future residents.
The walls between apartments are made of apparent concrete and concrete block to guarantee the autonomy and privacy between residents.
The interior sheetrock ceilings contribute to the lighting design and cover the building’s electrical and plumbing works which weren’t designed to function out in the open.


 ARCHETONIC / Jacobo Micha Mizrahi + Jaime Micha Balas
 Diseño: Jorge Pineda Flores, Anaid Cruz Mendoza, Patricio Medrano Barrena, Miriam Leal Ordoñez, José A. Chong.
 Yoshihiro Koitani


ARCHETONIC is a Mexico City based study with over 30 years of practice in architecture projection. All our projects have the base commitment to improve the environment, paying special attention to the design process, materials and local procedures.We design spaces with a systemic methodology: self-sufficient and sensitive to the context with spatial quality and economic responsibility, always keeping in mind that architecture is to inhabit, serve and coexist with society. Deciphering the formal limitations of design has led us to generate opportunities to experiment and achieve unique spaces; thanks to a wide knowledge of operation we achieve optimal functionality in our projects. We approach challenges of any scale, typology and temporality; taking care even the smallest detail, from its conception to its execution. Our team is guided by instinct, mixing experience with young talent. To date we have more than 120 built projects that are backed by international awards and recognitions.

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