GBN House / Lucio Muniain et al

  • 25 Jul 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Alfonso de Béjar

Architects: Lucio Muniain et al
Location: Almoloya de Juarez,
Collaborators: Mario Hernández, Jorge Arrollo, Luis Valdéz
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Alfonso de Béjar

Structures: Felipe Guillén
Facilities: CIESA Eduardo Robles
Text: Adela Rangel Fediuk

From the architect. Owner is an excellent word to define the user of a home. He is not only the owner of the property, but someone who appropriates the space through objects and the way he organizes this form of presence.

© Alfonso de Béjar

Contemporary architecture makes too much emphasis on compositional perfection that we can call “for the picture”, avoiding at all costs to show the particularities of the inhabitants as these objects are vulgar: a souvenir mug from an anonymous beach, a table cloth with a flower pattern, or the disorder of a desk. The arrogance of a design director does not tolerate ordinary objects: the coffee cup must go with the wall clock without numbers and the Knoll chair.

© Alfonso de Béjar

GBN House stresses the limits of the influence of the architect, and opens a space for tolerance where the user begins to appropriate more deeply beyond the objects that swarm the stores, looking to avoid becoming a slave to the style of his own home.

© Alfonso de Béjar

The value of a space that has been carved in the correct proportion, with a clear plasticity and without the fanfare of an enslaving rigor, transcends the skin. GBN House enjoys being a canvas on which everyday life relaxes the home. Outside of exploiting the exoticism of colloquial taste, the house is about building a bridge between the arrogant posture that dictates the behavior of the inhabitants, and maintaining a space according to their customs.

Access Level Plan

The context today is bucolic and charismatic, however, the character of the home, despite fitting perfectly in the contrasts of the field, accepts the pessimistic future of Mexican suburbs.

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  • Dennis Tan

    …but where is the everyday object? the only interesting architecture i see here is the concentration-camp like wall.

    • Croco Dile

      Such a wall seems to be needed in Mexico…..
      But the building is okay.

  • Quel

    Is this a joke?

  • JP McDaris

    it’s not a joke, it’s what happens when your country is ruled by Narco violence…….security is a major factor when designing in Mexico – but thing I can not understand is why you would project your house above the protective wall line – Mexicans love to show what they got

  • JC

    I see nothing but a bad, bad, copy of Le Corbusier’s white architecture. This is one of those things you shouldn’t do in 2013. Ay México, méxico…

  • heh

    Juarez haha… mafia’s burdello… tragedy

  • André Malheiro

    Very, very, very bad…
    Where is your mind Archdaily?…