“Patrick” is a private recreational space that serves a group of families, for their reunions and entertainment, whom live within a same plot. Located twenty minutes away from the urban area, in the municipality of Medellín de Bravo, in Veracruz, Mexico.
The location for the project within the property was chosen in an area where the top of the large mango trees allowed sun light to enter. The project consists of a recreational pool, a terrace and a grill; everything had to be built under a strictly tight budget and without margin for unexpected costs.
One boundary of the property is the Jamapa River, which almost every year overflows during the rainy season, being this the first reason why the pool emerges from the ground and rises above it, like a pyramid, for protection during floods; the second reason is to restrict access to both, domestic and wild animals that inhabit the site.
To dignify the architectural piece, without the need of additional investment, it was emphasized the development of economic construction details, like limiting the use of materials, working on the flooring modulation, highlighting the sculptural arrangement of the stairs, and simplifying technical details.
Site conditions did not allow delivery of construction material directly in the work area, like ready-mix concrete. In addition to this factor, the construction system of the pool was defined by the exchange of resources with a neighbor, with whom some wood was trade for clay bricks.
The development of "Patrick" was conditioned to a series of economic, environmental, cultural and social limits that are not always presented with such clarity but remind us that they are always present in every architectural project.