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GBN House / Lucio Muniain et al

  • Architects: Lucio Muniain et al
  • Location: Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Mario Hernández, Jorge Arrollo, Luis Valdéz
  • Structures: Felipe Guillén
  • Facilities: CIESA Eduardo Robles
  • Text: Adela Rangel Fediuk
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Alfonso de Béjar

© Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar

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
© 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
© 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
© 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
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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