Collection by Sarah Akkoush

A Historic Mexican Home Is Restored and Given a Modern Addition


This unique hybrid home in Mexico was designed for an architect by his student.

In Chihuahua City, Mexico, architect Rodrigo Seáñez Quevedo of LABorstudio held his first professional offices in an original 1909 building owned by his former professor. Several years later, the owners employed Quevedo and his team to add onto the home in a cohesive way, changing the program from office to residential. During the transformation, great care was taken to preserve the historic structure and reuse existing materials where possible. Notably, clay tiles from the old roof were added to the new balconies, wood formwork from the concrete was reused as wall covering, and uncovered limestone was reused on the patio and gardening floor. The end result is a creative, integrated mixture of old and new, both in materials and architectural plan.

The early-20th-century structure is seen next to the 300 square meter modern addition.
Old and new architectural elements were unified with a vertical stair cube, a central design feature.
The home’s living room connects to the patio through sliding glass doors.
The open and airy courtyard and dining area encourages outdoor living.
In the old building, the painting studio is accessible from the patio.
New balconies were constructed to complement the scale of the adjacent openings.
The family room, on the second story of the old building, is a place for gathering and relaxing.
Suspended over the living room, the library bridge connects the second floor rooms of the house.
All of the bedrooms, including the master, are incorporated into the program of the new house.
The front elevation is seen at night.
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