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Private residential complex located in southern Mexico City made up of 11 middle income houses and a common area that serves as the intercommunication route between the houses and the outside. The 11 houses are spread along the path that follows the natural upgrade of the land, which widens as it climbs up; this is due to the natural irregularity of the original lot. Seven houses are found in the north side and four in the south side. A protruding rectangular concrete structure was developed for the facades to conceal the massiveness originated by the high construction density; this produces a more dynamic image and frames the uniqueness of each house. Vertical strips of brown quarry stone were used to fragment the horizontal nature of the complex. The entrance to every house becomes conspicuous thanks to a double-height portico, which breaks the plane sequence at street level. The houses are built on 90 and 114 square meter lots; they are three stories high. The ground floor contains the service areas (garage, laundry room, service room and storage room). The social areas are found in the second floor (living room, dining room, kitchen and a small office). The private areas (bedrooms) are located in the upper floor. The main focus in designing this complex was the idea of space and spaciousness inside the houses. This is provided by the simplicity of the forms, simple materials and sharp lines always bearing in mind the high functionality of the areas. Natural light was also an important consideration, most of the houses are lit by sunlight from the private back garden, the common internal street and from skylights. The main purpose of this complex is to generate a residential unit that will simultaneously provide its dwellers with the comfort of one’s own house and a private street where they will enjoy security and serenity despite being in the middle of a large metropolis, like Mexico City.