AA House / Parque Humano

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

Architects: Parque Humano / Jorge Covarrubias, Benjamín González Henze
Location: City,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,310 sqm
Photographs:  Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

This house is an exploration on the trace of a variety of formal and architectural lineages in the ongoing transformation of the modern dwelling that ranges from Neutra´s Kaufmann House to the Case Study Housing Program. This house was designed as a man-made pavilion for observing and living in close proximity to nature. Organized around an open landscape, the result is an L-shaped plan one room wide, an intersection of the two axes radiating from the central living / dining space in which all rooms flank the swimming pool and face the view of the park.

Floor Plan

Pushing the limits of interior space through the use of floor to ceiling glass openings, we sought to bring house and landscape into a higher unity. More than a composition on lines and planes, this residential design provides a framework for appreciating nature.

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

Through the use of an steal structure we created a greater feeling of lightness and openness. Through the use of overhangs we provided shade and reduced glare. Brick was a fundamental material in the house, brick provided insulation for extreme temperatures primarily from the intense summer heat. We created a special composition whereby walls organize space but do not bear weight.


The rectilinear composition is supported by the straightforward landscape designed by Pamela Burton. The pool, not only recreational asset, also intensifies the view from the interior through its constantly changing reflections of the sky and clouds.

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto
Cite: "AA House / Parque Humano" 12 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=158837>
  • Darren BRADLEY

    Clearly inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann Residence in Palm Springs.

  • Arquipablo

    Yes, but its Ok…great house

  • http://web.me.com/tgphipps Terry Glenn Phipps

    These themes keep on working when interpreted by architects who get Neutra’s intent (and those whom he influenced).

    If you’ve never read it, I’d recommend picking up Neutra’s book “Survival Through Design”; a thorough treatise on modern architectural concerns written 50 years before anyone ever uttered the platitude “sustainable”.

    One thing that particularly impresses me about this project is how it integrates into the urban context. The Kaufman residence has been encroached whereas this building is designed for infill, much as Neutra’s VDL house. This just goes to show what you can actually do by taking advantage of the building itself to create space.

    Terry Glenn Phipps