An elderly couple with a newborn grandchild commissioned us to design their new
residence on a section between two recently built houses. Among their main requirements was that the house should have little or no visual contact with the neighboring properties and that daily life should happen on a single level. In addition to the usual requirements they asked for a guest bedroom and a gym on an upper level, which we resolved by means of gentle transition, that is, without long-spanning flights of stairs.
After a thorough analysis of the clients' requirements, site orientation and climatic conditions, we proposed an uncomplicated form with double-height interior spaces, a design characterized by clear lines and simple volumes. We proposed the house be elevated from eye level so as to achieve privacy from the street.
Even though the house uses materials, construction methods and a palette of colors already established by the surrounding buildings, this is not a traditional house, in that those same materials and colors have been applied in a way that challenges the surrounding environment and expresses our architectural ideas by means of a design concept with a focus on geometry.
Each room within this house is oriented in such a way as to make the best use of sunlight throughout the day and for family life to take place around the garden, the core around which the house functions. It is worth mentioning that magnificent views of the most important volcanos of Mexico can be enjoyed from all angles of this house. The front façade is almost totally disconnected from the street; allliving, dining and family rooms as well as the library are directly and easily connected to the garden and the deck. This is a house of flexible, open spaces, where the particular use of each one of them is not absolutely pre-determined – a conception along the lines of a holiday house.
Only local materials have been used: natural stone and timber, travertine marble, recinto (volcanic stone), walnut wood beams, granite and toughened (tempered) glass. Careful landscape design thoughout the house completes the program.
ClientDr. Lopez Barcena
Gross Floor Area (mq)450
Design teamEduardo Micha, Fabio Correa, Gabriel Merino, Oscar Osorio, Patricia Pérez, Christian Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Chiney, Eduardo Acosta, Maricruz Pérez
ConsultantsIng. Max Tenenbaum, Ing. Ricardo Jimenez, Joiner Alfredo Galicia
Photo CreditsRafael Gamo
Our professional activity encompasses architecture, interior design and so-called 'turnkey projects', which allow clients to enjoy their new home immediately after completion. We act as a planner, in that we organise aspects of the investment scheme such as finding the ideal site, planning for common areas, designing retail and living spaces, as well as carrying out market studies and finding the right investors. We also undertake furniture design and manufacture. For us, the most important aspect of the project is to resolve each of the client's requirements on a one-by-one basis, in such a way that each design is tailored to a particular client. We are a dynamic, ambitious practice with 18 years' experience in various kinds of developments, including housing complexes, luxury apartments, commercial buildings, office spaces, leisure venues and hotels. We focus on service, sustainability, high living standards, ergonomics, creativity and originality.