Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

Architects: Parque Humano
Location: Morelia,
Project Team: Jorge Covarrubias + Benjamin Gonzalez Henze with Said Arias, Omar Martinez
Client: Bosque Altozano, CP Francisco Medina, Ing. Jorge Casar, Lic. Jose Carredano
Structure: Ing. Ricardo Camacho
Electrical: Islas Ingeniería
Interior Design:
Landscape Design: Parque Humano
Lighting Design: Parque Humano, Arten Luz, Javier Ten
General Contractor: Bosque Altozano
Project Area: 800 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

The house occupies a natural ledge on a hillside looking towards the panoramic valley of Montaña Monarca, in Morelia, Mexico. The building has been conceived as a homogenous stone mass, hollowing out a huge opening that slopes from ceiling to floor, framing the hillside panorama. A sloped celosia grid meant to evoke renaissance perspective drawings was placed in the middle of the core in order to distort and emphasize the view.

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

The amber light filtering through the artisanal stained glass placed on the celosia window blends with the colored space, generating a chromatic continuity that during the course of the day moves imperceptibly through an endless scale of oranges, red and yellows. Light also enters through two wooden skylights located in the middle of the room, helping to balance the colored light that comes from the window.

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

A few rich, tactile materials were used in combination with the light to create a strong ambiance.

The program inside the house consists of a dining space, an open terrace, and a lounge area.

© Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

Apart from the timber on the roof, the house consists of a steel frame covered by local stone.

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Cite: "Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano" 10 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
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  • alejandro

    nice… but it´s not a house, the text is terrible

    • chavacano

      is a club house

  • joel mexico

    Well, I guess I’m not the only one who admires Herzog & de Meuron…

    • n

      well… did they invent the gabion?
      y so negative? what do we seek as architects?

    • n

      did they invent the gabion? no one is allowed to use it?

      • joel mexico

        Who said anything about the gabions?

    • Dedo Felix

      i hope you don’t say that simply because of the skin treatment…that same system is actually used as a retaining wall system throughout europe’s highways.

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  • gclub

    I thing information about gclub is good and this is a new for me, thank for good content.

  • Roman Rangel Ordoñez

    Parque Humano en Morelia, un proyecto interesante.

  • Tae Sandoval Murgan

    @phoeNYkx this is a structure which rules: But in a country without earthquakes :(

  • Brian Baltin

    Yet another EXQUISITE Mexican dream home!!! Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano #architecture

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  • chavacano

    I don´t know why but this reminds me a church

  • rdeam

    joel mexico is retarded

  • joel mexico

    Why should anyone be ofended by my comment?
    Is there a problem when I see a project and it reminds me of anything?

    Have anyone take the bother to look at some of joseph beuys oeuvres? do they remind them anyone to some of the works by H&dM? What is the problem when you see a work and it reminds me of something else? To me, architecture can be self-referenced or referenced to something outside of its realm… haven’t you seen that some of the great works of Jean Nouvel have reminiscences of Mies’ modernism? or even Koohaals, in many projects there are present strong reminiscences of mies’ modernism… and what is the problem?

    Isn’t obvious that it reminds me of them because of the treatment in the skin, so what? what is the problem? I didn’t mean any copy or anything, nor lack of originality… all the way around. Koolhaas has many times declared: “Of course I don’t just admire Mies… I love Mies!” and many of his buildings are inspired by this love… so what? If I’m the only one here to punctuate over this, so what?

    “joel mexico is retarded”… how mature are we, don’t we…

  • joel mexico

    If all of you are ofended…

    could the admins please retire my comments posted on this thread?

    thank you

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  • Arcitectural Photographer

    Nice location and good architectural work, thanks for sharing.