Structural EngineerMario Aragon Bañuelos
Text description provided by the architects. West from the urban sprawl, far from downtown, we may find this house, on top of a high ground and overlooking the city.
The land’s steep topography and blueprints, as well as a proper orientation, along with a city view and the street, led to the project’s final conclusion.
In order to find a strong relationship between the object and its surroundings, a choice to face the Street was made, as well as in order to find the right orientation through openings controlling both ventilation and sunlight.
Vertically grouping the program’s elements, the garage and a small studio are street level, which works as a base, on top of which the main body is adapted to the topography through a base-originated mid-level schemata and the land’s natural planting. This leads to an indirect relationship between the street and our house. A third access containment level and circulations are laterally added, working as formal features as well as a spatial articulation device.
The two-story main volume with the above mentioned schemata , includes a family room, hall, dining room, kitchen and first-story utilities, along with an “L” shaped space creating a side backyard, to which a family room and hall are led to through sliding doors, softening the inner-outer relationship. This is the stage of the main family’s meetings and is to be enhanced by a high ceiling which articulates the first and the second story and where the bedrooms are found, 2 of them overlooking the city and a third one overlooking the backyard.
The project’s materialization has to do with the area’s typical construction trend, structured by light concrete slabs, brick walls with mortar coverings along with a steel structure and some phony concrete walls confirming the project’s volumetric intention.