Archetonic - ARX Colima, unfolding like origami between the wall and ceiling
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ARX Colima, unfolding like origami between the wall and ceiling


Housing  /  Completed

ARX is located in Colima, a street in the neighborhood Roma with extraordinary activity of commercial spaces, restaurants, night life and parks. An active context in constant change is the perfect setting for this building of suites where visitors from all over the world can take advantage of one of the most energetic areas of México City. The building is carefully designed to provide quality units with ample spaces. It is constituted by two volumes divided by central courtyards that guarantee the entry of natural illumination and ventilation to every unit and is in constant contact with the outside through balconies and rooftops which offer breathtaking views of the city and emphasize the importance of the urban ambient and neighborhood vibrancy. The vertical circulations occur in the core of the project, connecting every space designed for coexistence and recreation in exteriors and interiors. Passionate about versatility, we solved the street facade with the possibility of transformation and adaptation. The building coexists with an imposing tree where moving metal elements look to unify the exterior with the interior. Colored green in the interior faces, they seek to integrate with the exterior vegetation when they are opened and liven up with color the interior when they are closed for intimacy. The lobby peeks out until the main facade with a wooden wall that unfolds like origami between the wall and ceiling, it incorporates a sculptural staircase and concludes in the reception desk. Every element is integrated as a single piece that generates a dynamism that is experienced from the street to the room. The material quality of ARX was a design premise. The finishes and building materials are basic, pure, honest and, in good measure, local; seeking to give the project a perpetual aspect that withstands the test of time and identifies with its setting. In this sense, the project encourages local consumption and sustainability awareness. Apparent concrete with different finishes make up the building. Some smoothed with butt joints and others in the elevator shaft are planked and change color in different levels of the building. In the interior, smoothed cast-in-place concrete coexists with a local and handcrafted clay brick veneer. The signage was carefully designed in line with the building’s design philosophy and the art was selected in order to strengthen the roots with the Roma neighborhood and the city.


 Mexico City
 3750 mq
 ARCHETONIC / Jacobo Micha Mizrahi + Alan Micha Balas + Jaime Micha Balas
 Design Team: Ernesto Rossell Zanotelli, Jessica Steiner Durán, Desirée Gómez Córdoba, Victor Penhos Mougrabi and Isaac Penhos Mougrabi.
 Installations: DIMarq Structural Engineering: Ing. Carlos Álvarez Pelaez.
 Onnis Luque and Arturo Chavez.


ARCHETONIC is a Mexico City based study with more than 30 years of practice in architecture design.
All our projects have the base commitment to improve the environment, paying special attention to design methodology, materials and local processes.
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 in society.
Deciphering the formal limitations of design has led us to generate opportunities to experiment and achieve unique spaces. We approach challenges of any scale, gender and temporality; taking care of 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 tan 120 built projects (residential, commercial, tourist, offices, interior and cultural) that are backed by national and international awards and recognitions.

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