Design over topography

Private residence offers a modern life in a local context

by Alfonso Jimenez Enciso 19 November 2008
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    A concrete box loses two faces wrapping around two interior wooden volumes. The box looks like it’s floating trying to reach the city. The south and west façade walls block the sun light at uncomfortable hours. The box looses its face at east to show the wood boxes and at north to accentuate the city view. The top face protects the box from the weather. The underneath face adapts itself to the topography from a slope to become bedroom floor.

    Some wooden tubes enclose the space. The tubes create a warm ambience underneath the concrete cover. The floor, the walls and the roof become one element making the space looks continuous. The first box, the bathroom, closes toward the access at the same time as it opens to the side views by the use of lattice. The side white screens show projections of images. The second tube contains the lounge (bar, dining room and living room). It opens to the corridor creating spaciousness and closes to the east façade emphasizing the city view.

    The lounge tube manipulating artificial light creates different environments. This allows an interaction with the exterior as it prevalent in colonial houses in Queretaro.

    The bedroom and bathroom are located on first floor offering more privacy. Crystal walls help to create the feeling that the tubes and the boxes float. The side walls keep this private atmosphere.


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