Posted by the editors on Monday, 27 May 2013
Residential Architecture: Casa CorMAnca by Paul Cremoux Studio: “..This family house in Mexico City by local architect Paul Cremoux conceals a three-storey wall of plants behind its slate-clad facade..Concerned about the lack of sustainable construction in the country, Paul Cremoux Studio designed a building that uses plants to moderate its own internal temperature, whilst giving residents an indoor garden..”Making sustainable eco-effective design in Mexico is pretty hard. Many clients do not yet realise the importance of changing the design strategy,” says architect Paul Cremoux..He explains: “We would like to think about vegetation not only as a practical temperature-humidity comfort control device, or as a beautiful energetic view, but also as an element that acts like a light curtain.”..The green wall flanks a courtyard terrace, which occupies the middle floor and is open to the sky on one side. Meanwhile, most the rooms of the house are positioned on the levels above and below..A driveway for two cars is located beneath the terrace and leads through to the dining and kitchen areas. A living room and three bedrooms occupy the second floor and can be accessed via a staircase tucked away in the corner..The dark slate panels that clad the exterior also line some of the walls around the courtyard, contrasting with the light wood finishes applied elsewhere..” Extensive glazing, natural light; magnificent green wall; interesting form, interior volumes, materiality; original article includes a four-image slideshow and many additional images..
See our post on another home by Paul Cremoux Studio: Residential Architecture: La Caracola Seashore House by Paul Cremoux Studio.
image: Héctor Armanado Herrera and PCW; article: Dezeen
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 28 March 2013
Residential Architecture: Chipicas Town Houses by Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos: “..These four houses are built inside a private garden in downtown Valle de Bravo, Mexico..The vertical design was used to salvage most of the vegetation, as well as, a solution to the small footprint..Each house is a three-storey house plus a roof garden; displaying two sides of the façade with floor to ceiling windows and two sides with a skin made of wooden lattice to gain a sense of privacy..” Extensive glazing, natural light, privacy; interesting interior volumes, details; numerous photos..
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image: © Jaime Navarro Soto; article: “Chipicas Town Houses / Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos” 30 Jan 2013. ArchDaily
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 25 January 2013
Residential Architecture: The Forest House by Espacio EMA: “..The house is located in the mountains of Mazamitla, 120 kilometres away from Guadalajara, Mexico, in a steeply sloping terrain surrounded by a thick pine forest. Rocks, soil, rain, pines, fog … the beauty of the landscape and the natural elements in the site are the premise and constant inspiration for the project..The house comes out from the stones found in the site, which shape the containing walls and the basement of the house. The intersection of two volumes at different heights generates a path in the landscape, which makes the most of the natural slope and emphasizes the panoramic views..The entrance to the house is sandwiched between the stones of the mountain and a wall with a direct view from inside the house to the same stonewall. This access corridor hidden and closed between artificial and natural elements provides some drama upon entering the house..From this corner you enter the closed space generated by the union of the two main volumes. This is a double-height space corresponding to a cube of 7 meters side, which provides wide views to the landscape. So the contrast is emphasized: the threshold turns into limit and, at the same time, connection between these so dramatically different scenarios..All the other areas of the house are accessible from this double-height space. On the same floor, there are three of the five bedrooms connected by a corridor characterized by a large elongated window that frames the stones of the site, thus strengthening the dialogue with the landscape. On the upper floor, connected by a bridge-walkway, are the other two rooms: the grandparents’ (homeowners) and their grandchildren’s. On the lower level, the volume that contains the living area hides below the main entrance and comes out from the ground in a protagonist way meeting the foliage of the pines. This rectangular wooden “box” reminiscent of the “tree house” frames from above the wooded landscape that surrounds it..” Extensive glazing, natural light, views; materials, contextual, indoor / outdoor and interior volume sensibility..
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image: © Patricia Hernández; article: “The Forest House / Espacio EMA” 22 Jan 2013. ArchDaily.
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 18 January 2013
Residential Architecture: Valna House by JSa Architecture: “..This is a family house located in a subdivision of Santa Fe in Mexico City, Mexico. The first condition for the solution was to give the client a project, which would optimize building spaces without sacrificing the program..To achieve this, we had to design the architecture as “L”, with the intention of making a larger house by uniting the two gardens in order to maximize the depth of the property. The resulting space is the compositional axis of the project, a linear sequence of spaces of different character..All the main spaces of the house are subordinate to this axis and incorporated to it visually and physically by large windows. The color palette is based on the authenticity of the materials such as exposed concrete, wood, oil, gray limestone and vegetation..” Extensive glazing, natural light; vertical gardens..
See our post on another home by JSa Architecture: Residential Architecture: Tabasco 127 Residence by JSª Arquitectura
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image: © Rafael Gamo; article: “Valna House / JSa Architecture” 13 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Jan 2013. http://www.archdaily.com/317704
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