Casa Estudio | Intersticial Arquitectura

‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.

It was designed by Intersticial Arquitectura.

Description by Intersticial Arquitectura:

Acting as both a space for living and working, ‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in a micro industrial area of Queretaro City. The regeneration project saw the building dating back to the 1980s, being revitalized from a state of deterioration.

The firm in charge, Intersticial Arquitectura, chose to approach the run-down structure by understanding the pre-existing conditions. This led to the insertion of subtle interventions including the system of overlapping patios and straightforward construction methods. in turn, the series of patios allow for the house to be naturally ventilated and flooded with natural light. Meanwhile, clay and concrete was chosen to line the walls as it is a local material which carries strength and contrast.
The main challenge was to do more with less: to solve an architectural scheme that extends a studio space on the ground floor, which separates from a new apartment on the first floor, and to maximize the living space, inside and outside. Keeping with the tight budget, exposed materials form the character of the dwelling. as well as displaying a material contrast which in the end works as a whole, this meant challenging construction techniques had to be adopted. additionally, different textures that were locally sourced were brought in. For example the stem of the ‘junquillo’ plant has been dried, knotted and woven to feature in the screenings and rail coverings throughout the property.

Design Office: Intersticial Arquitectura

Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

Photographs: Intersticial Arquitectura

Garden House | DCPP Αrquitectos

Garden House located in Mexico.

It was designed by DCPP Αrquitectos.

Description by DCPP Αrquitectos:

Garden House is a residential project located in an enclosed area of the San Angel neighborhood in Mexico City.
The house is designed with two facades, one of them very closed to the neighborhood, and the other one much more open to a back garden which also faces south.
Most of the house is designed on a single level, with a guest or play room and service room on the second level.
The house is divided into 3 blocks on the ground floor, one for the most private area, another for the public area and another for services.
With this, the house is open to the garden in an L-shaped scheme, with a single perpendicular component that houses the living and dining rooms, this body of the house is transparent on both sides and can be fully opened, the enclosures can be hidden, thus creating a space with a terrace condition, where interior and exterior become blurred creating a visual continuity in the garden.
To avoid placing supports in this area as in the private area, we chose to integrate steel beams, which keep the clear open and also function as parasols.
In contrast, the service area is much more massive and closed. As a whole, this gives a unique twist to the house, and a variant play of shadows.

Design Office: DCPP Αrquitectos
Location: Mexico
Area: 530.00 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

The Barrancas House | Ezequiel Farca architecture & design

The Barrancas House is located in Mexico City, Mexico.

It was design by Ezequiel Farca architecture & design in 2014.

Description by Ezequiel Farca:

The Barrancas House is the result of the restoration of a house built in the seventies in Mexico City, which didn´t have any attract at first but had great spatial potential.

It became a challenge for our office to create a home focusing on incredible attention to detail, modernity and discovery of the different spaces and levels to generate expectation and surprise.

We took advantage of the location of the house that has views towards the woods so we installed floor to ceiling windows so that natural elements from the exterior such as natural light, views to the woods become part of the interior without compromising the comfort and intimacy of the inhabitants.

The amenities for the family to enjoy inside the privacy of their home include a home theater, a wine cellar, a gym, 2 terraces, a pool, garden and green areas.

Discovering the house through the hallways, leads to multifunctional impredictible spaces achieved through movable screen walls , hidden doors, bay windows that open entirely, furniture designed especially for each space, automatic lightening system, for each need of the inhabitants.

The landscape was designed with plants that adjust to the local clima, with green roof and green walls, it also has a solar energy system and a automatized water saving system.

The materials used include marble, stone, wood, together with neutral tones as dark green or chocolate that give an earthy feeling that will integrate the interior with the exterior and create the sensation of unlimited space.

Design Office  : Ezequiel Farca architecture & design
Location           : Mexico City, Mexico
Architects        : Ezequiel Farca, Cristina Grappin, Fernanda de la Mora
Area                   : 720.00 m2
Project Year     : 2014

Photographs    : Jaime Navarro, Roland Halbe

Casa GM | GLR Arquitectos

Casa GM located in Guadalajara, México.

It was designed by architect Gilberto L. Rodriguez of GLR Arquitectos.


Design Office : GLR Arquitectos – Gilberto L. Rodriguez
Location          : Guadalajara, México
Area                  : 610, 00 m2
Photographs   : Jorge Taboada

GH Mild Home | Archetonic

GH Mild Home is located in Mexico City, Mexico.

It was designed by Archetonic.

Description by Archetonic:

The underlying premise of our design was to enhance the freedom, flexibility, and transformation of the spaces. The design was based on taking advantage of the views towards the gardens that surround the building, the natural light, and the heat gain thanks to its south-easterly orientation.

In addition to availing of the double-height ceilings of the apartment, unusual in a building of this type, we sought to implement a distinct and flexible solution. It is occupied by a young couple who did not want the space to place limits on future family expansion or dynamics. They sought a flexible, ample, and adaptable space.

To achieve this, we settled upon a simple, clean geometry, based around a central corridor as the heart of the open and semi-open spaces, maximizing visual communication throughout the apartment, while retaining the identity of each space.

Along the corridor that links up all the spaces we placed several wooden doors reaching the full height of the space, which slide to vary visibility and establish boundaries between areas. Meanwhile, the layout of the fixed furnishings—custom-designed for the apartment—generates spaces that may be transformed and adapted over time to different habits and dynamics of use.

The materials were selected with the aim of achieving a clean, uniform appearance, with light-toned wood, white stone, and black metalwork, combining perfectly with the artistic contributions of Ulises Gallegos—paintings—and Opioptico—photography—together with a rug that provides warmth to the studio, designed by Déjate Querer.

The apartment occupies a single floor and comprises lobby, lounge, dining room, kitchen, TV room, and three bedrooms. All are naturally well-lit and ventilated spaces thanks to the large windows that expand the space into the outdoors.

Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Casa Jacarandas | Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

Design Office: Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Photographs: Mito Covarrubias

Amsterdam Building | Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Description by Jorge Hernández de la Garza:

The Amsterdam building is located in the Colonia Condesa which has met since its inception in the early 30s 20s notable examples of Art Deco architecture.

This apartment building seeks to integrate with contemporary language to the context. Concrete apparent in its facade integrates color range of Art Deco buildings in the area.

Its height is consistent with the architecture of the area and its terraces resemble the terraces proposed by the buildings of the early century. On the terraces few planters were proposed which over time integrate the building with the nature of its environment.

The formal proposal of building “L” allowed the location of some departments at the rear of the property overlooking Amsterdam.

The project is part of the heritage conservation to preserve the architectural heritage of existing façade of the original house giving life in that space to a Ice-cream store Nomad which is part of the gourmet life in the area.

Design Office: Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

CM Apartment | Kababie Arquitectos

Description by Kababie Arquitectos:

Inspired in New York lofts, this apartment opens its spaces and shows a sober and elegant aesthetic.
As an important part of the design, looking for the atmosphere of loft, we highlighted the original building metal structure, and to achieve this we used different colors between structural elements and the walls. We created a contrast between this industrial aesthetic in grey tones, with the use of wooden walls and even the ceiling to give a warm touch to spaces of rest as the family room, which is made of reused wood.

Design Office: Kababie Arquitectos

Location: Interlomas, Mexico City, Mexico

Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Penthouse MK | Archetonic

Description by Archetonic:

Penthouse MK is an interior design project where our principal design premise was to enhance the sense of spaciousness. The building that is home to the penthouse boasts a transparent façade that inspired to take best advantage of the spectacular views over western Mexico City, and the sunsets.

To achieve this we resorted to a very clean, lightweight geometry, using rectangular prisms to delimit the spaces without obstructing the visual communication between them. These architectural elements that distribute the spaces also serve other specific functions depending on their location, and make sense of how the space is used.

The public and private areas are circumscribed by their two levels. The lower floor contains the kitchen, dining room, lobby, reception, and lounge. The latter is located in a double-height space that during the day is naturally illuminated by a full-height right-angled window that frames the whole space, filling it with light. The upper floor contains three bedrooms and a TV room.

The sculptural staircase that links the two floors “levitates” over a water pool, which is complemented by a wet wall that produces a gentle sound, and transmits a fresh energy.

The selection of materials was defined by the goal of achieving a clean, uniform outcome, using wood with rich oak tones, ivory-white stone, and black ironwork.

At night, the city lights fill the space with life and complement the lighting design, which defines the character of the penthouse.

Design Office: Archetonic

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Casa MTY | bgp arquitectura

Description by bgp arquitectura:

The house is located in San Pedro Garza García [in northern Mexico] in a partially-wooded area that has recently been developed in 10,000 square-meter lots and with stringent environmental protection regulations. The rocky and varied topography inspired the project to be developed in a series of boxes that flow between the contours and the surrounding vegetation. The varied layout is linked through a series of textures and independent patios, creating an interplay of light and shadow and sheltering the house from the region’s extreme climate.
Different parts of the program are located in one of the volumes. Each volume is independent from the others: travertine marble, wood panels, Corten steel, u-glass or exposed concrete. The composition is regulated on an orthogonal pattern—without touching a single existing tree—in which the volumes interconnect via glass corridors, creating a “promenade” through the plot.

Design Office: bgp arquitectura

Location: Mexico

Casa MM Casa | Elias Rizo Arquitectos

Description by Elias Rizo Arquitectos:

Casa MM Casa presented an unusual challenge for us. Two brothers who owned a considerable stretch of land in Tapalpa approached us with the intention of building two separate houses. As we dug into the project’s needs we realized that both of our clients had similar needs and while they didn’t mind, and in fact preferred, that the houses share a common language, each one had to convey its own singular personality. The topography of the site imposed its own set of variables that resulted in further slight alterations in the design of each house.

A similar set of priorities was implemented in dimensioning spaces and establishing spatial relationships between functions.

Access to both buildings became a primary concern in our design. Although the entry layout and sequences were mainly driven by function, the clients expressed a desire that entrance into the houses be conceived as an experience in its own right. We then proceeded to articulate the entry modules with their various spaces (mud room, garage, storage, and service quarters) around open courtyards that catch the eye and allow daylight in.

Both buildings are shaped by a need for flexible use of space, and a desire to connect with the outdoors. Throughout the houses one finds that a large extent of walls and windows are in fact operable partitions that can be hidden entirely from sight to connect adjacent spaces with kindred functions, or to expose the house to its surroundings.

House A, which was built on the higher part of the property, maintains a more introvert disposition. Its floor plan displays a slight angularity that distinguishes it from House B, and all of its spaces are arranged around and open yard. Aside from the master bedroom, which stands off-axis and partially detached from the rest of the house, all dormitories contain a mezzanine level with additional beds.

House B shares the overall layout and spatial sequence of House A, but displays a strict, rectilinear floor plan which looks out beyond the property’s edge. Unlike House A, its dormitories are on a single level.

The exposed steel structure, with its clean lines and its stark geometry, acts as a disciplined three-dimensional contour, framing planes and volumes clad in raw texture, which in turn echo a direct relationship to the buildings’ natural setting.
Design Office: Elías Rizo Arquitectos

Location: Tapalpa, Mexico

Photographs: Marcos Garcia

Casa Sisal | Reyes Ríos + Larraín Arquitectos


Design Office: Reyes Ríos + Larraín Arquitectos

Location: Acanceh, Yucatan, Mexico

Photographs: Marcelo Troché, Pim Schalkwijk


Description by PRODUCTORA

This property adjoins a large lake in a small town situated a few hours from Mexico City. To take full advantage of the relationship with the surroundings, a system of elongated rectangular volumes was used, with one side of each completely open toward the lake. The sloping plot and the amount of surface to be realized led to the creation of three volume stacked in a zigzag pattern, generating spacious open terraces and irregular, sheltered patios between them. From the street, the residence looks like a traditional construction; the use of roof tiles, wood, natural stone, and the plastered facade with small openings, grants it the regional character that is required by urban planning requirements. From the lake, the home becomes a composition of rectangular elements with large glass surfaces; like a series of typical modernist volumes, stacked in a dynamic configuration.

Design Office: PRODUCTORA

Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Photographs: Paul Czitrom, Rafael Gamo

Casa Natalia | Agraz Arquitectos

Description by Agraz Arquitectos:

It can be said that Casa Natalia is a briefing of the Agraz Arquitectos policies since it gathers the complying conditions for the firm’s main features. In an outstandingly oriented North-South terrain, a single longitudinal volume was designed, adding a limb to stabilize it. Then, as done before, the program begins by taking the cars out of the architectural scenery and placing them underground, which optimizes the surface area of the land piece.

And from this perspective, we repeat the placing of the basement a half level lower and lifting the house another half level, upcoming to a garage that shares the houseplant with service dormitory, laundry and equipment areas. From this point, a stairway goes upwards communicating all three stories of the house, with the same finishing of the rest of the areas, immediately leaving the garage environment.

As in other programs of the firm, the first flight of the stairway leads to the main door, which by being separated from the car entrance, leaves a front plaza for the house that dilutes all frontiers between urban and architectonic spaces.

Once inside the first floor, the living and dinning rooms offer an extension with an intimate family room and a terrace that can be the perfect social place due to its transforming possibilities: it can be fused or isolated from the rest of the precincts according to the needs and has an independent entrance.

This time, the kitchen becomes the gravity center of the project giving service to the dining room as well as to the terrace, whereas the guest bathroom is located in a fair distance to give a comfortable privacy to its user. As a compliment of this houseplant, there is a guest room that is contemplated for the probable future dwelling of the house owners.

Configured for a family made up of the parents and an only daughter, the upper floor is in this sense different from others. There are only two rooms with atypical dimensions as for its spatial generosity, and a reading room, gymnasium and storage room that make up the most out of this small length terrain according to the client’s needs.

The vertical circulations that join all stories are contained in this added limb and where coated, in and outside, by metal and wood shutters designed by the artist Adrian Guerrero. These control light and privacy and allow a poetic dialogue between glass and steel.

Natalia House, a single volume with an added rib that ends up being the main figure of the program, a piece of architecture bounded to relate to the every day desires and traditions of this particular family.

Design Office: Agraz Arquitectos

Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Photographs: Mito Covarrubias

The Forest House | Espacio EMA

Description by Espacio EMA:

The house is located in the mountains of Mazamitla, 120 kilometres (75 miles) 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 (23 feet) 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.

Design Office: Espacio EMA

Location: Mazamitla, Jalisco, Mexico

Photographs: Patricia Hernández

The Cave | Greenfield

Design Office: Greenfield

Location: Coahuila, Mexico

Photographs: Adrián Llaguno

PR34 House | Rojkind Arquitectos


Design Office: Rojkind Arquitectos

Location: Tecamachalco, Mexico

Polanco Penthouse | Gantous Arquitectos

Description by Gantous Arquitectos:

A penthouse showplace atop a building in an exclusive—but intensely urbanized—city district leverages brilliant urban panoramas while maintaining absolute privacy. Interior gardens cultivate nature, linking terraces and patios for unimpeded room-to-room transparency, and flood natural light into every corner. Vegetation and residence layout arise organically while cleverly blocking neighbors and other urban encroachments; simple finishes—Navona travertine and rich wainscoting—provide the final, impeccable touch.

Design Office: Gantous Arquitectos

Location: Ciudad de México, Mexico

Photographs: Gantous Arquitectos

Casa Sierra Leona | José Juan Rivera Río

Description by  José Juan Rivera Río:

Located in a residential area on the outskirts of the city of Mexico, in the colonia Lomas de Chapultepec.

Impeccable to the outside, the house sits on a plane to 2.50 meters (8 feet) above street level at its lowest part, developed at the centre of the ground giving rise to a courtyard in front and a garden behind.

Apparent simplicity and exquisite details this House is resolved with flat roofs between a courtyard and a garden in which ambiguously intersect Interior and exterior facings which stand out clearly the constructive system based on concrete, glass and steel.

This residence was built with the characteristic style of architecture from the years 60´s inspired by modernism.

The program includes two levels on the access platform and a basement which is accessed from the bottom of the street, this leading to the parking lot.

Quality materials, clear colours and fleeting reflections on glass are at the service of comfort and design, to gardening camouflages the borders and builds a landscape and atmosphere of privacy.

Design Office: José Juan Rivera Río

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Photographs: Nasser Malek Hernández

Casa Real del Mar House | Gracias Studio

Design Office: Gracias Studio

Location: Tijuana, Mexico