GARDUÑO ARQUITECTOS complete V-3 House in Mexico
When the client in Mexico City asked Garduno Arquitectos to handle this project, and after looking at the site, a 700 sq. meter single-family lot with a 60 degree slope angle and only accessible from the street below, they found it an interesting challenge.
A very important factor to consider in Mexico is security, which usually is solved by building high walls around the properties blocking the light.
They opted to make an incision at the intermediate level of the slope, that way, they thought, would be the best way to provide south orientation with optimal sun exposure and also take advantage of the terrain while providing security and giving a sense of openness.
The house was then planted at the northern side of the lot and every view was carefully cut through the different volumes to obtain privacy and light while appearing as unintended openings throughout the project.
The adobe colored concrete wall was pre-impregnated with the color of the soil obtained from the terrain and emerges as a central wall that converts into the ceiling.
At the front side of the lot they leveled the slope converting it to a green roof that covers the garage and provides views without interruptions.
The connection between the street access and the house is made with a circular staircase and an auxiliary elevator.
The central atrium was intended to provide a sense of integration and connectedness throughout the house.
They achieved a house that participates as a clean neutral structure with its surroundings, and evolves into a composition with different volumes, proportions and materials.