The living house design which is called the Alpes House is completed designed in Mexico City, Mexico by the Garduño Architects. This living space project is designed based on the client’s order. The architect’s clients are a couple with have a three children. They wanted to reflect the intensity of a family which is lives, loves and makes an art. This house project is hopefully reflecting their passions clearly though space, connectivity and the use of the materials.
The architect has decided to use concrete materials as the house main language, dialoguing with the natural context as well as the different spatial, functional and the mood necessities. The color which is the concrete use is made to match a sample of “tepetate” (a brittle volcanic rock), a material which is naturally found in this terrain. As a result, the match is perfect and the concrete is bends in a natural and warm way with its surroundings while providing the advantage of its structural qualities which is needed to develop the conceptual idea into a real space. While for choosing the other materials, the architect opted to use as few as possible, it is resulting in one type of the wood and one type of stone. The architect idea is to let the materials and the space works them up and around, unfolding into their unique form. The architect final result is made up of areas which are interacting with each other, preserving their own proportions which are given their use and the importance on the program. The transparency is obtained throughout the house with the use of the glass panels, enjoying the green views from the every angle which is integrating them intimately with the inner space.
To be able to free the views from the house to the adjacent park, security and all important issues for this client’s family, the base level is used to obtain the height needed. The architect also achieved through raising the house, as well as making room for the parking their cars. The most programs such as foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, pool and the children’s bedroom are occupied in the lower level, and all of them are connected here. A studio is found in the upper floor, it is with an independent entrance from the street and intimately communicated with the master bedroom is designed to be able to sleep and work on the same area but it is giving each independence from one another. Which is ingeniously embedded into the program between the kitchen and the master bedroom is a service room; it is not seen in any facade but with its own private terrace and the natural light. The architect’s answer to the client’s need is the architecture which is feels unique and it is responds functionally and aesthetically to the means intended.
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Photography: Paul Czitrom