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TOC House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
  • Location: Tapalpa, Jalisco, México
  • Architects: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Collaborators: Pablo Alexanderson, Rossana Valdivia, Jorge Verdín, Carlos Miramontes, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Roberto Contreras, Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Marcos García, Mito Covarrubias

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Mito Covarrubias © Marcos García

From the architect. This unique vacation house is located near Tapalpa in a secluded forested area. The house adapts to its surrounding through two volumes that define the usage areas. The first volume is where all daytime activities happen: the entrance, dining room, kitchen, living room, and terrace. This volume is elevated, generating a dialog with the surrounding forest.

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

The second volume contains the private areas. The bedrooms are connected by a hallway with a horizontal window that frames the forest outside. The area that connects both volumes is articulated through an entrance hall built with walls of flagstone and wood. These regional materials generate a feeling of absolute respect for the surrounding environment.

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

The goal of this project was to redefine the concept of the typical country house so common in this region. This request by the client, a young family in search of a holiday retreat outside the city, was fundamental for the outcome of this work.

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