El Domo de Tampiquito, Mexico / Arquidromo

El domo de tampiquito, mexico / arquidromo
Photograph © Arquidromo

Project Details:
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Type: Mixed-Use
Area: 450m2
Architects: Arquidromo
Architects in charge: Beto Frías, Andrés Martínez C.

The program of this rental property is conformed by offices on its first two levels and a residential loft on its upper floor. This programmatic and commercial concept was formulated with an end-user in mind: a young and single entrepreneur. A young entrepreneur who doesn’t count with the economic resources to acquire a house yet and also needs an office workspace for his start-up business.

El domo de tampiquito, mexico / arquidromo
Photograph © Arquidromo

Industrial materials were used to decrease building costs in order to offer an accessible product for the end-user’s profile. This building grants freedom and self-sufficiency to its tenant.

The main challenge in this project consisted in achieving a spatially rich, fresh and naturally illuminated building.

El domo de tampiquito, mexico / arquidromo
Photograph © Arquidromo

Our client’s requirement was to design a project that would cover the whole footprint on three levels. This resulted on a building with its outer walls on property limits. However, municipal building regulations explicitly prohibit placing windows on walls neighbouring lots. Therefore, windows could only be placed on the front and back facades. Natural illumination would be insufficient.

El domo de tampiquito, mexico / arquidromo
Photograph © Arquidromo

The solution to this problem became the concept that would lead the spatial distribution and form of the building.

The main and central element of the project is a large dome that consists of a 4.5-meter diameter cylinder. This dome cuts across the third level of the building to illuminate the office space on the first levels naturally.

El domo de tampiquito, mexico / arquidromo
Photograph © Arquidromo

In addition to being the main source of natural light and containing a stairway to the roof garden, the dome also works as a solar chimney that sucks hot air out of the building maintaining it fresh and comfortable.

El domo de tampiquito, mexico / arquidromo
Photograph © Arquidromo

Interior walls were omitted and the building’s floor slabs were organized in half-levels such as Adolf Loos’ Raumplan. This strategy resulted in a collection of interconnected and illuminated spaces, which give a perception of total amplitude.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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