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* Residential Architecture: House X by Agraz Arquitectos

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 16 August 2012

Residential Architecture: House X by Agraz Arquitectos: “..mexican practice agraz arquitectos have recently finished ‘house X’ marking their ten year anniversary, and is situated on a corner site, next door to a previously built project which created the opportunity to respond to a dialogue established by the neighboring dwelling. orthogonal slabs of concrete sit parallel and perpendicular to each other, at times exposed as the raw material and at others veneered in white plaster. the proximity and relationships of the planes form a series of dynamic spaces through a play of solids and voids, while thin slats punctuate the overall formal expression and allow light to seep inside. natural stone masses and metal lattice work add texture and layers of transparency to the material palette..the garage and services are placed below grade to hide automobiles from public view, with a bright linear staircase connecting all three levels along one axis. the ground floor is divided between the exterior patio and backyard, and the living room, dining, kitchen, study, bathroom and the entrance vestibule. retractable glass panes connect the core of the residence to the outdoor area. the upstairs is delegated to a three bedrooms and two bathrooms. polished marble panels tile the floors with warm wood fixtures and wall elements breaking up the otherwise hard surfaces..”  Extensive glazing, abundant natural light, privacy; interesting materiality and details..

image: © mito covarrubias, courtesy of agraz arquitectos; article: Designboom

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