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  7. OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 17 February, 2014
OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos
OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos, © Marcos García
© Marcos García

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Collaborators

    Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Daniela Valdez, Andrea Zúñiga, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Constructor

    Calca Constructora, César Alcaraz Flores, Pamela Cabrera Castro
  • Area

    341.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

Text description provided by the architects. The commission for casa Oval came from a young family with clearly defined needs and aspirations. This project presented a challenge that has become increasingly prevalent among Mexican architects: to build a house in a cloistered residential community that often imposes arbitrary, traditionalist aesthetic restrictions on all construction. Privacy and space efficiency were the two driving concerns for the project. The house envelope needed to afford sufficient visual privacy from the street outside, while also providing enough porosity to allow generous amounts of natural light into the house.

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

On the ground floor, the main entry opens to a vestibule that leads to wide space containing the dining and living spaces. A large sliding window opens to a backyard and concrete deck. The kitchen is resolved efficiently in a small space next to the dining areas. On the second floor we find the various bedrooms and a family living space; all revolving around a large glazed courtyard that floods the hallway with sunlight.

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

At a first glance, the house displays a simple, legible geometric composition; a closer look reveals a concern for craftsmanship and detail. This is especially patent in the design of various elements of the house, such as the metal fence by the entry, which consists of vertical steel strips with varying gaps; the reveal that separates the volume of the house from the ground and delineates the windows on the façade; or the punctilious assembly of planes in window frames. Concrete, wood and stone are prominent participants among the austerity in the interiors.

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Cite: "OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos" 17 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/476563/oval-house-elias-rizo-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884
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