- Collaborators: Mauricio Rodríguez Mejía , Zarak Alaine Modad Betancourt, Ricardo Arámbula González.
- Built Area: 155 sqm
- Site Area: 333 sqm
- City: Zapopan
- Country: Mexico
Text description provided by the architects. Located outside of the city without drinking water services, drainage, in a rectangular land with a regular topography, the house is solved along the ground in 3 simple segregated modules, which allowed to be built in stages. The spaces are linked via exterior circulations directly coexist with the environment, sheltered by the horizontal roofs of the volumes that extend over the aisles.
The medium volume contains the public open center of the house, a single space comprising kitchen-living room-dining room. The other two closed volumes contain the bedrooms, bathrooms and service.
The house is solved with eco technologies (filter soapy water, dry toilet and solar heater) making a home with less expenditure of water and gas. It was built strictly following manuals of land building systems and examples of buildings that can be found in the region. The materials used are: structural cuatrapeado adobe walls, glued with mud; tapial with 5% cement; finished clay, straw and flattened ground lime-sand without cement. The ceilings are beams and wooden stave combined with a light covering of concrete structural element. The floors, polished concrete and washing. The steel is in doors, windows and as a supporting element in the public volume. This combination of natural materials and industrial space generates warmth of this project.
It was local labor, whom participated in this house, which had never done work with walls of earth or with this construction system before. Architects and engineers had basics of building with earth, learned from courses, books and manuals. This house gave us the opportunity to compare the cost of building with natural materials compared to the current construction that uses materials that have a high energy cost.