The story of this project begins with a robbery. Paola and Jorge went out to the movies one afternoon; while they were out, a group of well-trained thieves crossed the rooftops of the neighboring houses to finally get into their home and steal everything considered valuable. Paola and Jorge had a feeling of insecurity, fear, and helplessness; however, this unpleasant experience motivated them to build their new home.
Our designing process includes three variables that we try to deeply understand and from which all elements emerge. The place: in this case, the house had to be located very closely to Morelia’s aqueduct, an architectural jewel that supplied water to the city in the XVI century. The client: during the design, we discovered that they were quite devoted to the Catholic religion; we were surprised to see many images of saints, figures of Christ, and baroque furniture all around their current home. However, they were now looking for a more essentialist architecture with a precise control of light to actually decorate the space with it. The last variable is our inner self, for which we employed Vipassana as an observation technique.
Above all, we aimed at understanding Paola and Jorge’s spiritual search and their religious devotion. We proposed to reshape the roofs to evoke those barrel vaults seen in Mexican catholic temples, thus disengaging the home from such type of decoration but not from its spirit. An introspective architecture was necessary due to the incident that gave rise to this project. It had to be sealed away from the outside, without windows or openings, and it had to resolve the illumination of the house through patios. This would not only reinforce a temple-like atmosphere of a sacred space but would also allow us to continue understanding emptiness-substance relationships in architectural projects.