Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano

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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: Parque Humano
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 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 17 Sep 2014. <>


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      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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    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…

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    If all of you are ofended…

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

    thank you

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