A private residence located in a semi-urban residential context that coexists with semi-desert landscapes in the city of Querétaro, Mexico. With 7000 sqft of construction, Casa Tejocote is a two floor house inspired by vernacular architecture, where the massiveness of stone is represented through concrete, but at the same time the warmth of the semi desert of the region reflected in the natural colors of the environment.
The shape was developed around the exploration of natural light, which plays a fundamental role in the composition of the spaces, divided into 4 modules that surrounds a central garden.
The concept of the project was to create a very open but still functional living spaces . The client’s family wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors, creating public spaces that opens through nature without losing comfort and functionality.
Passive sustainability strategies were utilized to minimize the impact on the natural landscape. The walls are thicker enough so they preserve the temperature and the windows allow wind to passively ventilate the house avoiding the use of artificial air conditioning. Also the house count with solar panel preparation and solar heaters to reduce energy consumption.