- Design Team:Rogelio Vallejo Bores
- Engineering:Angeles Zambrano
- Clients:Janet Aceves
- Lead Architects:Rogelio Vallejo Bores and Francisco Noriega Ayala
Text description provided by the architects. Aside from vindicating the very presence of the house, we imagined Casa JA from the beginning as a discreet and slight horizontal line that highlights the sky and the mountains in the background with the latest rays of the sun draining between them. We had to keep the main façade timidly hidden from the eyes of those circulating the streets of the San-ta Barbara glen. We wanted the house to be so intimate and silent that only suggested its presence, avoiding any presumption, exaggerated exhibition or the typical ostentation of the place where it is located.
Its black stone interiors pretend to emphasize the cover and highlight that horizontal line on which the sun, the sky, and the mountains would rest. The magic sunsets perceived from its location was something important for us throughout the design process. The spaces wished to be influenced by the beauty of such light that does nothing but produces a particular enchantment.
The house is divided into three blocks placed on different levels connected by wide covered and uncovered stairs that make up a continuous and fluid space. The gardens, patios, and squares organize the rest of the program, provide a certain introspective, domesticated and silent nature and fill the spaces with such intimacy and recollection that reminds us a bit of the prehispanic and colonial architecture of some towns in Michoacan.