It's located in a residential development in Mennonite field number 10 in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua. It is part of a set of 20 lots located within an area of 12 hectares that make up the development. The access to the lot is a journey through a path wrapped in vegetation, where oak trees predominate.
The 418 m2 house is nestled on a hillside with the intention of climbing the slope to gain views of the landscape, in an environment where the vegetation takes on great importance due to its lushness.
One of the main premises was to intervene as little as possible on the ground, since part of the client's philosophy was to respect nature as much as possible. The presence of the oaks scattered throughout the lot and the views determine the location of the house, so that the design process is closely linked with the environment.
The design approach comes from the concept of creating a contemporary country house, covering the basic needs of the resident and providing privacy to the interior, while generating contact with the context. Although it is already a quiet area, it sought to create a place to find serenity and peace, as well as a reunion with nature.
The conceptualization of the project in volumetry starts from a transparent horizontal box, which is interrupted by solid vertical volumes that fulfill various functions. Inside they house the service spaces such as bathrooms, laundry, warehouse and kitchen extension. Outside, the vertical volumes protect the large glass panels from the sun and help frame the views from the inside.
It is a house designed for the retirement of an adult couple; The program revolves around your daily life needs and is complemented by spaces for a social and family life on weekends. The residence extends as a large terrace that projects views of the countryside, in contrast to the privacy offered by the rear facade.
The program is planned on 2 levels. Accessed from the second level behind the house, it is an informal entrance through a roof deck that functions as an open garage and in turn connects the volume of the closed garage with that of the house. At this level is the basic program of housing for the couple. It is accessed through a small lobby that immediately connects a living room with the largest window in the house, which makes you feel like you are going outside.
On this same floor is the main bedroom also with a view of the landscape and also has openings to other orientations. For the client it was very important that at dawn her bedroom received the rays of the Sun. On the opposite side of the floor and connected visually by a longitudinal hallway, is the kitchen and dining room. The interior of the house is conceived as a fluid and continuous space, with a visual connection along the entire longitudinal floor.
The living room is connected to a semi basement or ground floor by means of stairs. This space houses a bedroom for visitors and a family gathering space that has a direct connection to a private outdoor area protected by the immediate environment.
The lower part of the house is organized and integrated into the land while the upper part opens up to the landscape.
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