ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Mexico
  5. Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura
  6. 2012
  7. Studio House Sabinos / Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura

Studio House Sabinos / Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura

  • 01:00 - 5 September, 2012
Studio House Sabinos / Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura
Studio House Sabinos / Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura, © Juan Carlos Loyo
© Juan Carlos Loyo

© Juan Carlos Loyo © Juan Carlos Loyo © Juan Carlos Loyo © Juan Carlos Loyo +39

From the architect. The basic values of this house come from the understanding of the surrounding environment along with the study of vernacular architecture. Our semi-dry climate brought us to the use of passive methods, and, like vernacular spaces, there where many resources to use: orientation, thermic mass, cross ventilation, hand made materials and other proven methods.

© Juan Carlos Loyo
© Juan Carlos Loyo

The use of a central (oval) patio to divide public and private spaces also allowed us to create a sculptural garden, that it's flooded with rain water in summer for cooling. Cross ventilation and outside living is encouraged through the connection of inner spaces to terraces and gardens. Earth is a poor conductor of temperature, so local rammed earth walls keep the temperature comfortable and cool during summer and warm in winter. Because of this and the calculated sun intakes, this house doesn't use HVAC.

© Juan Carlos Loyo
© Juan Carlos Loyo

Mexico has mainly lost a rich tradition of building houses with earth. This house is the first one in the region to use local earth and traditional constructive methods joined to contemporary spatial notions of aesthetics, dimensions, modern living, ecological planning and best use of resources like the sun, rain and wind to create a comfortable environment without the use of electrical means.

© Juan Carlos Loyo
© Juan Carlos Loyo

The workers learned the constructive method and because the materials can be cheaply bought, they learned to build structures based mainly on their labor and knowledge, not on the amount of money they have.

Cite: "Studio House Sabinos / Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura" 05 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
Read comments


un silent · March 21, 2013

Interested on that eastern volume that does not seem to appear in the photos... Looks a lot like someboy has brought the Hakka Walled Village to Mexico...

alejandro rubalcava · February 12, 2013

<3 Volviendo a las raíces

Ernesto · February 11, 2013

Casa fuera de contexto, fuera de lugar con la arq de queretaro

Benito Martinez · January 28, 2013

Maravillosa casa!

Elo Ma · January 22, 2013

love it!!!

jose pinto mazal · January 22, 2013

¡Superlativo! La reinterpretación del entorno tanto en los interiores como en los exteriores, dan una sensación de una gran simplicidad que convierte a este proyecto (nada pretencioso) en un claro esfuerzo de diseño creativo y cálido. ¡Felicitaciones!

Karla Alvarez Carrillo · September 18, 2012

Retomar la arquitectura mexicana y remasterizarla de esta forma hace una casa única e inesperada.
Se siente cálida, rica y divertida.
¡Gran trabajo!

Teresa martinez · September 11, 2012

What a beautiful house! The shadows, the teja, the color of the dirt, the forms, the columns, the central oval patio! it all makes the perfect environment and balance. Thank you so much! Your house gives me hope! Teresa

Chris · September 06, 2012

Excellent, I love many things from this one, the circular courtyard, the rustic kitchen and doors, the studio, Wow!
Imho, the papyrus like plant doesn't suit the patio, a low wall and a dirt fill with slope and selection of flowering cactus and small plants would go much better. Other option that i think would look good is make walls of different heights to emulate farming terraces and plant some seasoning & medicinal herbs. The house is fantastic!

Jonathan Castellon · September 06, 2012

Felicidades vato.


Comments are closed

Read comments