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Rio Lerma
Mexico City

A new glass screen is floated just off the leading edge of the existing balconies, creating a translucent veil that lets in natural light and air, permits visibility from the interior, and yet protects the privacy of the building occupants. This is achieved through application of a graduated dot pattern to the glass, which creates an abstract cloud-like effect. The ends of the balconies are left open, allowing for ventilation and for oblique views of the street. The balconies, filled with potted plants, become small gardens. Large clear-glass sliding doors set in the existing exterior wall can be opened during during the day to enhance the sense of spatial expansion of the interior.