Paracaima House / dcpp arquitectos

Architects: dcpp arquitectos
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Project team: Pablo Perez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas & Carlos Gonzalez
Project year: 2008
Site area: 400 sqm
Construction area: 360 sqm
Photographs: Luis Gordoa Hernandez

Casa Paracaima its a private residence located in México city. Completed in 2008.

The 360 square meter house consists of two volumes on a 400 sqm site and a lot of restrictions to the sides and at the front.

We used these restrictions to give shape to the house always searching for the maximum amount of open areas and good orientation.

That gave us a project that consists of two main volumes that intersect: the first volume consists of a big, structural, concrete arch 25 cm and 7.5 mts. high, that carries the other volume. This volume contains the main open area with an open terrace, with the roof passing at 7.5 on one side. The other side holds the library. The wood used to pour the concrete was used again in some of the woodwork inside the house, such as the doors.

The other volume, in contrast with the big arch, is much more closed and contains all the private areas of the house.

This volume contains the main open area with an open terrace with the roof passing at 7.5 on one side and on the other side holds the library.

Cite: "Paracaima House / dcpp arquitectos" 20 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    This is beautifully composed and full of outstanding detailing. The ground floor program is very well thought through. It would have been nice to see first floor plans as well.

  • Jubair Siddeeuqe

    Very Handsome. I think the concrete buildings are masculine.

  • Lucas Gray

    I like it. Simple and elegant.

  • Jose

    Estoy de acuerdo con ag…..!!

  • cocteau

    lovely shaped, nicely balancing bold voids among heavy cubes. brilliant.

  • piti

    what kind of concrete or mixture use to make the texture have nice mottled? or may be the casting process? Thanks for the answer. I’m not the architect but try to have my home look this cool!

  • Laurent

    Its a stone clad facade, it may be a volcanic stone called Recinto or a dark limestone locally called Cantera.

    Mexican construction methods, usually heavy brick masonry walls, allow for this cladding to be applied,but in standard american ballon-frame construction, thick stone cladding may not be a good choice.

    Hope this helps

  • piti

    Thanks Laurent