Architectural Supervision and Project CoordinationPienza Sostenible
Builder¡Échale! a tu casa
Community FoundationFundación Origen
Text description provided by the architects. Following the earthquakes of September 2017, different architectural offices, designers and collaborators, both national and international, joined ReConstruir México, a project supported by PienZa Sostenible, which emerged with the aim to join forces to achieve conscious and sustainable reconstruction projects. Seventeen months after the tragedy, PienZa Sostenible has achieved to manage more than 150 reconstruction projects in six states thanks to the support of different donors, agencies and volunteers, with the aim to improve the quality of life of people in the communities that not only suffered serious effects on their heritage, but also faced serious degrees of vulnerability and social deprivation.
From August 2017 to today, a total of 16 homes have been delivered in Ocuilan, State of Mexico. The project promoted by #LoveArmyMéxico, and that has the support of foundations and trusts such as Fundación Origen, ¡Échale! a tu Casa, Fideicomisio Fuerza México and PienZa Sostenible, consists of 50 single-family homes designed by more than 40 architecture offices, as well as a Community Center, by T_O Arquitectura.
The Hernández family, dedicated to the cultivation of plants, consists of three members, Mrs Rosario, her husband Mayolo and their 4-year-old son Íker. Initially, Casa Rosario was configured by circulations in the open air that connected the different spaces; the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the bathroom and the bedrooms. We read those exterior circulations as passages accompanied by vegetation, as well as passages fused with their environment, with a role to connect the interior with the exterior.
The context of vegetation that surrounds Casa Rosario is kept as a reference with an emphasis on the visual flows leading to the canopies of the trees and the magenta flowers of the bougainvillea. The exterior passages aim to have a constant relationship with each space, to discover by walking, to perceive while passing by, paths leading up to surprises.
The topography is playing a very interesting role in terms of the configuration of the spaces, creating multiple atmospheres and different experiences of space by placing the viewer on different levels.
Casa Rosario is composed of semi-obsolete cubes that are connected with each other by open-air circulations. The house for the Hernández family is understood as a series of cubes rooted in the topography as if the foundations were to arise and emanate from the earth. Each element generates its own identity due to the difference of height between them, no space has a more central role than the other, all spaces are conceived as a whole. Each body is linked to the others with central openings that expand towards the main courtyard, creating a visual communication between the areas.
We consider the projection of shadows as protection for the viewer as they walk through the contained passages. We believe that it is not necessary to resort to a cover or a wall from floor to ceiling of a hermetic type in order to contain or embrace, it is enough with a barrier of vegetation or a shadow projection to define the space.
In each of our projects, light plays a fundamental role. We like to think that we paint with light, having space as a blank canvas on which we draw with light and shadow. Casa Rosario invites to step into the light that enters from the exterior passages through the openings, reflected and projected on each of the walls.