Juan de la Barrera 5, a building with a 50 years history prepared for the future. Just a few steps from the greenery of Parque España this 8 stories building is located. Designed by Serrano, Serrano and Nava in 1967 with an avantgarde approach for the traditional Condesa area that was starting its vertical development. The project was finished in 1968 and received the Glass & Aluminum Innovation Award.


After 2017 earthquake the building suffered multiple damage, not fatal, reason why Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos takes advantage of the opportunity to renovate this Condesa jewel and among the structural improvements, made an important investment in installations and services to ensure the lifespan of the building for many years more.

27 new piles, columns and beams were done, concrete walls were also incorporated in order to transform the building in one of the safest in the area nowadays. The original programme was maintained formed by 15 apartments of 70, 80 and 120 sq m in which the interior distribution was done around a wood box that separates the services from the living areas, and also creating a new finishes system.


The floors were covered with Austrian wooden staves —on top of acoustic isolation between the apartments to guarantee comfort for all the residents— combined with flamed granite in some areas, as well as large format porcelain tiles and krion for the kitchen and bathrooms. For the woodwork cero-print laminates were used and the lighting was done with LEDs controlled by the voice.

Another important and significant change is the incorporation of a series of systems and materials to have clean energy going from photocells, filters for the rain water collector to make it drinkable, electric systems for heating water and induction stoves which are the most sustainable. It also has noise isolation on the slabs, hermetic double glass and thermoformed 12.7 mm glass bubbles that also contribute to maintaining the interior temperature.


The building is prepared to be an icon in the life changes that have been happening in many cities around the world. Small apartments for people who want to live in the “15 minutes city” enjoying services such as car sharing, skates and electric bicycles, storage for receiving all size packages, concierge and electronic door panels controlled from the distance.

Global design shows us that sustainability in architecture is also find in the renovation of buildings that with reasonable investment may be prepared to satisfy all the contemporary life needs and its future changes. Juan de la Barrera 5, half a century of history with new goals to fulfill.





  • Architect: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

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Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos reaches 25 years developing architectural spaces where quality is achieved by the proper use of materials and light as creative elements. Being space their raw material, architects Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco and Rafael Monjaraz Fuentes, demonstrate their capability and performance in all architecture fields always supported by interdisciplinary teams. Their structure and professionalism has given them the opportunity to work in partnership with important firms as well as with national and international architects. They have been invited to national and international competitions and they actively participate in the formation and diffusion of architectural work. Architecture signifies their way to collaborate in the development of a better urban context because the correct design of spaces is the only way to create better cities. Their experience has been strengthened by the constant search of the perfect combination between form and structure. For them community is the backbone of the cities and buildings, in which settlers spend their day to day, these are the elements that help them contribute with spaces designed to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. They have had the opportunity to design, direct and execute residential projects, restaurants, hotels, cultural centers and housing developments. The sensibility that they bring into their projects is the decanting of everything that they learn in their professional and personal activities. Light, materials and technology are combined in a perfect balance to create the living space around the inhabitant. Their awareness regarding the ecological balance and nature has been present in their projects since their inception and they consider that sustainability is not a trend but the only way to make architecture. They are members of the Green Building Council Chapter Mexico, to strengthen their contribution in the architectural scene designing buildings that have the highest energy performance standards. They have participated with their projects in various exhibitions in major countries like Mexico, United States, France, Singapore, Italy, Argentina, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, China, Australia, Greece and Spain, as well as in interviews and in various national and international magazines. They have received numerous awards and distinctions both in Mexico and abroad.

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