arqmov workshop: kiral apartments in mexico city arqmov workshop: kiral apartments in mexico city
sep 20, 2011

arqmov workshop: kiral apartments in mexico city

‘kiral apartments’ by arqmov workshop in mexico city, mexicoimage © rafael gamo




mexican architecture practice arqmov workshop has sent us images of ‘kiral apartments’, a multi-storey residential project in mexico city. featuring an undulating street facade that is further accentuated by the regularly-spaced railings, the design uses elements of optical illusion to mimic movement, establishing a dynamic identity within the urban site.

within context image © rafael gamo




‘chirality’, which means an objects that lacks a plane of symmetry thus a non-superimposable mirror image, was the grounds on which the design was conceived. the exterior expression of the building also seeks to reflect and transmit the energy and reverberation of the populated city. approaching the street facade as a backdrop for the viewers, the balconies of the units were modulated to result in a push-and-pull of the plane. the result is an elevation that is seeming in motion, visually shifting in correspondence with the light and time of day.

street view image © rafael gamo




consisting of 17 units, the internal programs of the building is arranged around a common courtyard which facilitates natural light and cross ventilation. ranging from single to two-storey units, every inhabitant benefits from a private indoor and outdoor space.

view of balconies from below image © rafael gamo

undulating railings image © rafael gamo

courtyard image © rafael gamo

view from courtyard image © rafael gamo

interior view of a unit image © rafael gamo

balcony space image © rafael gamo

image © rafael gamo

image © rafael gamo

image © rafael gamo

night view image © rafael gamo

floor plan / level -1

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level +2 and +4

floor plan / level +3 and +5

floor plan / roof level

longitudinal section

cross section



project info:


built area: 2,000 sqm design team: arqmov workshop builder: espacio vectorial

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