Sustainable by design 2050

An initiative of the UIA

Velux model home 2020




Nicolas San Juan

Nicolas San Juan
Nicolas San Juan
Nicolas San Juan
Nicolas San Juan
Nicolas San Juan
Nicolas San Juan
Nicolas San Juan
Taller13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
Structural Project: Arco Radial, Contractor: Factor Eficiencia, Supervisor / Coordination: PCC Construcción, Mechanical Systems: Plastic Plumbers
Further Specialists
Strawbale Specialist: Laboratorio de Arquitectura Basica; Bambu Specialist: Arq. Raul de Villafranca
The Americas - Mexico - Mexico City
Climate Zone
Design status
Date of completion
Site area (m²)
Footprint (m²)
GFA (m²)
NFA (m²)
Building Costs
790452 EUR
Building Costs / m² GFA
Building Costs / m² NFA
Cooling / Heating-System
Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, wind towers, use of high thermal mass, others
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
solar heating, photovoltaics, heating pump, energy pile systems, energy recuperation, energy storage, other
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

Renewable: Bambu, Strawbale
Recycled/Recyclable: Steel, Mulch
Innovative: Bambu, Strawbale

Key Sustainability aspects
solar building integration, vernacular building strategies, public spaces, accessability for disabled, renewable building materials, recycling and reuse, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, low cost design, use of innovative design tools, plus energy design
Sustainability rated
Social and ethical responsibility

Our responsibility goes beyond offering just a living space. We give examples of certain elements like water and how it can be captured, treated and reused. Our building offers less consumption of energy through passive ventilation and naturally illuminated spaces. We created a habitat for migrating species, offered spaces for growing your own food. We are enhancing life quality and education on an urban context through our proposal just by a deep understanding of it's social and ecological history.

Ressource efficiency and environmental impact

Designing with an integrated design process from the beginning helped us break this paradigm of getting local and natural resources by using our "waste as a resource". For example, we designed a bamboo shading device on the roof garden, also we used strawbale in our interior walls which is normally burnt each harvest season causing more Co2 emissions. We reduced our steel and concrete consumption by 20% because of the design efficiency of the facade which reduced our energy consumption.

Economic lifecycle perfomance

It was important from the beginning to align goals of each different stakeholders and maintain the general scope of the project so at the end of the process we could accomplish the aim of the investors. This was possible because every person that needed to take a decision participated in every "charrette" that was organized.
Every cost and benefit was discussed and evaluated from the planning phase to the completion of the building.

Contextual performance and impact

Occupying the empty space in the neighborhood resulted as a positive impact. the lot was a void in the neighborhood. We provided infrastructure like sidewalks and ramps for accessibility on both sides of the corner, placed different lighting elements to give a better view of the corner, the design integrated the actual trees placed all around the site and kinda made reference to them. Placed bike parking inside the building to promote alternative ways of mobility.