La Casa del Lobo / Darkitectura

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Architects: Darkitectura / Julio Juarez
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Project Team: Brenda Vizcaíno, Ernesto Viterbo
Project Area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Jorge Taboada

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Located near the Lago de Guadalupe in Cuautitlan-Izcalli, where the urban aspect of greater Mexico City begins to fade, this house has an introspective character, with just one balcony overlooking the lake from the master bedroom. The rest is an interplay of cubes contained within the principal box formed by the surrounding walls.


Two solids cubes float on the upper level above three transparent ones. The solid cubes preserve the privacy of the bedrooms, illuminated by subtle openings where the walls meet the ceiling and by vertical incisions on the eastern facade. The glass cubes contain the common areas, vestibule, kitchen, dining room, and a double-height living room. These cubes are also divided by a reflecting pool at basement level, creating the constant impression that the most transparent area of all – the living room – is floating.

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The surrounding box serves to contain a private garden all around the house. On the eastern facade the contradiction of the transparent cubes supporting the solid ones can be clearly read, and the irony goes even further: the volumetric arrangement is float and sustained, so that the vertical openings on the upper floor combine with the ground-floor windows to create a playful bar code effect. In this way, the interior of the house is broken into lines overseas movements into codes. A time code, a light code of light.

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© Jorge Taboada
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Cite: "La Casa del Lobo / Darkitectura" 11 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • jlburke

    I don’t know, I look at Eames’ Case Study House in LA from 1949 and I look at this, there’s only a couple of innovations but the architectural language is pretty much the same. I wonder what that says about the state of affairs in architecture today?


    I think it looks like Eames Case Study just in the way the architect works with its facade, but the program solution and space interactions are totally different. There is a very popular saying in Mexico: The one who ignores his past, take him out one eye, the one who forgets it, take him out both of them.

  • Boris

    There is another way to look at the house. It may or may not be a copy or a variation of the Case Study No. 8, but it is pleasing to the eye both on its own and in the context of the surrounding landscape. To answer jlburke, the state of affairs in architecture today is mixed, but it was probably the same back in 1949. They only lacked the advantage of looking at things in retrospect.

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