Marine Security Guard Residence
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Photography: Nick Merrick | Hall+Merrick+McCaugherty Photographers
The growing U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez required a new Marine Security Guard detachment to protect and safeguard people, property, and sensitive information.
The residence was to be simultaneously part of the consulate campus while providing a distinct image for the Marines’ home. A regional natural stone, quarried in Kansas, is used as primary cladding material. Visually sympathetic to the materials of the campus, it was integrated into an insulated rainscreen, helping in the building’s thermal performance on the massive concrete structure. The individual pieces of stone, with deep shadowed joints had an authentic materiality and expressiveness that elevates the simple residence. Windows are set 15” into the stone façade for shading and to provide visual depth and movement. Bright yellow window frames add color, scale and craft to the simple façade.