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Derek Dellekamp in Mexico City

Dellekamp Arquitectos

On a leafy corner in Anzures, a largely residential district in Mexico City, a new apartment building has an elegant and enigmatic presence. Set behind black-painted concrete walls at the intersection of Michelet and Copernico, streets named for the French historian and Polish scientist, the three-storey building is almost entirely clad in large, floor-to-ceiling panels of glass, transparent planes held in place by minimal black frames. Facing east and south these glass facades are protected by, and reflect, the foliage of mature trees rising from the sidewalk: a liquidambar or red gum tree, an ash tree at the corner, and a jacaranda with seasonal purple flowers. The building is pulled a short distance back from its immediate neighbors, thus establishing a certain independence. It is divided into three crystalline blocks, each approximately the size of a bourgeois house or villa: a...

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