Ro House Tapalpa / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

  • 05 Oct 2012
  • Houses Selected Works
© Marcos García

Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
Location: , Jalisco, México
Architects: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
Collaborators: Rigo González and Gabriela Chávez
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Marcos García

Project Area: 200.0 sqm
Collaborators: Pablo Alexanderson, Rossana Valdivia, Jorge Verdín, Carlos Miramontes, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Roberto Contreras, Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández

This house is situated in a forested area near the town of Tapalpa. The project consists of a country house to be use on the weekends, so the program remains basic. The project evolves from the idea of making a place of refuge, where isolation from the urban life and noise is the main priority. The house has a linear distribution with two distinct areas: the private areas accessed through a corridor and the public areas which span the main entrance to the terrace.

© Marcos García

The house is constructed with regional materials: solid walls made of slate and wood, and high ceilings with wooden beams. The private area holds three bedrooms while the public area contains the kitchen, living room, and terrace.

© Marcos García

The commission demanded a country house with common features, respect for the context and a specific program; but the most important request was for the house to step away from the usual typologies for houses of the region. With a contemporary personality, this house assumes a posture of absolute respect for the exterior which should be the main character. The house opens almost completely to the outside unlike all neighboring houses in the area. Most houses in the region take an inexplicable stance of closing off from the outside with the argument of cold weather. The finishings were carefully selected, designed to provide all the comforts of a city house such as quality flooring, carpentry and bathroom. The result is an impeccable construction where everything was completely thought through.

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  • Dave Munson

    I particularly like the materials. In my opinion, there is rarely a time when natural materials like stone and wood would be less appropriate than concrete and steel. Still, they are arranged in a nice contemporary way, with a single-slope roof and great clerestory windows.

  • Dave Munson

    I love the natural materials, and how they are arranged in a contemporary way, with strong horizontal lines, a single slope roof and great clerestory windows.

  • Amal Mohamed Sultan

    I liked the simplicity of the design. The materials used, belong to the environment and that create a strong connection between the building and the surrounding. Also, the colors used make me feel warmth and comfortable.

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