Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos & Javier Sanchez - Pedre is the radical transformation of daily life
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Pedre is the radical transformation of daily life

Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos & Javier Sanchez

Housing  /  Future
Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos & Javier Sanchez
When creating a habitable set, we think about the radical transformation of daily life, the behaviors, aspirations and values of the population involved. From the experiences of large housing complexes and visionary subdivisions, the importance of collective equipment has been discovered, thus opposing the notion of segregated neighborhoods or serial housing. The review of these ways of doing housing demands the analysis of the issues that concluded in the dimensions, room capacities, densities, occupations of land and equipment. The revaluation of existing housing in city centers is a pressing link to build better cities. Revitalizing modern ideals requires strong urban bets to detonate deteriorated urban centralities, eager for change.

To rehab is to think of a new, different use. It implies a change of attitude regarding land use and its appropriation with urban sensitivity and social proximity. To rehab is to reuse a building, but modifying the way to do it, or to rescue a land to confer another use. It is not about plastic interventions, too frequent, but to modify the “how”.

Rethink the built block, rehabilitate it and then disperse the way we inhabit. Change the shoe box patent, the minimum of square meters and the voracious density for a collective and heterogeneous building. In this way, the house can have extensions in courtyards, corridors, terraces and stairs by extrapolating its borders. Think of areas and not perimeters when suturing and causing spaces of correspondence. Only then does the city acquire a resilient character: adapting to those who have adapted.

Thus arises the stony and porous character of PEDRE.

The Design Process

PEDRE joins design experiences. It is an architecture whose folds cause functional structures, solid constructions, optimal materials, interiors that become exterior, custom furniture and visuals that dialogue with the territory.

The diversity and heterogeneity of the work team has allowed to guide a participatory design with specialties in architecture, engineering, urban planning, landscaping and interior design in the same container, whose parts converge in a new commitment to the south of Mexico City. The design process required working with the cultural heritage built, with the nature reserve and, above all, with a deteriorated post-industrial urban area. The social value of the proposal was essential to make a city finding interstices of collaboration and dialogue with the environment.

That is why we project and build a timeless, pragmatic, solid, comfortable, functional and resilient work. Let’s generate empathy with the context by promoting innovation and sustainability of each of the elements that make up this idea come true.

We embed creative processes and approaches to scale, from the general to the particular and vice versa to consummate an architectural work for and by the city, understanding the stratigraphic, cultural, social, architectural and economic value of El Pedregal.

We create unique life experiences. To improve the quality of life of our projects, we contribute spaces that have a positive impact on the way they live, not only of constructed buildings but of experiences in sustainable environments.

The Project

The architectural project of PEDRE establishes a balance between densities; a positive balance between built and permeable area. Thirty percent of free area corresponds to open spaces, circulations, lobby and recreation areas. The average density of the building is consistent with the respectful vision of the surrounding environment, the history of the Pedregal, as well as the industrial, artistic and cultural heritage of the area, its permanence and transformation.

The housing diversity is of utmost relevance, both for the solution of interior spaces and the pace, proportion and scale of the project. Spread over 14 floors, 102 departments - from 15 different typologies from 90 to 300 square meters on average - constitute the main structure of the building. The radial services center backs the architectural party, distributed in three bodies with different organic projections that unfold and approximate the city.

Finishes and materials in apparent concrete, steel cut in mullions and glass enclosures merge the architecture with structural engineering opting to convert minimums to maximums favoring a sober, discreet and elegant construction with a careful proportion between openings and massifs.

In response to the physical and natural context, the project enhances the Pedregal sites with a stony base and endemic plant elements favoring the insertion and relationship of the building with the context. Thus, both the accesses, sidewalks, bays, hallways and public spaces correspond to the public construction of the collective memory of the area.

The morphology, folds, remetimientos, columns, balconies, undulations and symbiosis between verticals and curves, bet on an emblematic building with meanings and signifiers beyond what was built. Architecture for the place, specifically designed as a response to the origin and evolution of a fertile territory for the growth of PEDRE as an urban group of social scale.


 Mexico City
 42726 mq
 Miguel de la Torre & Javier Sanchez
 Miguel de la Torre, Javier Sanchez, Benedikt Fahlbusch and Rodrigo Márquez
 Factor Eficiencia


Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos was born in November 2002 by joining two architecture firms
that had been collaborating since 1989 (MTC Arquitectos and ARQME). From that moment
on, MT Arquitectos is consolidated as one of the most reliable offices in the executive
development of projects in Mexico.
We currently have a team of architects, engineers and designers, together with an extensive
network of consultants and engineers we collaborate in the development of projects. Both
the internal team and external collaborators are organized under the direction of the architect
Miguel de la Torre Carrillo.



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