Cate House / S-AR

Cate House / S-AR

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal+ 31

San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
  • Architects: S-AR
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Photographs Photographs:  Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Cuprum, Ladrillera Mecanizada, Yesera Monterrey
  • Lead Architect:César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza
  • Collaborators:Marisol González, Diego Galarza
  • City:San Pedro Garza García
  • Country:Mexico
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© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Text description provided by the architects. The conditions of the terrain being a corner and its orientation were the guidelines to define the spacial and constructive strategy of the house. The local regulations establishes a remission of the corner to leave it construction free almost the same size as the one in the back side of the plot. As well they require a service hall. This reduced significantly the constructive area, forcing to concentrate the house in the center of the plot.

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
Plans
Plans
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

This way, there are 2 independent concrete pieces used as basements supporting the house. These basements hold service spaces such as closets, bathrooms, storage room, laundry and the entrance. By doing this the basement floor is almost free, permitting the parking space (required by the regulations) but most important is a potential free space for different programs like reunions, workshops, parties, cinema, etc. 

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Once inside the house, the stairs lead you to the first floor that is the social area. It is really open and two service volumes are hidden in wooden boxes at the side. Windows in the lateral walls of the traversal section of this floor brings natural ventilation and lighting. A latticed wall made of brick protects the house from the south sun light during the morning and the sunset, providing rhythm, texture and scale to the superior part of the house. From the outside this part is conceived as a big black brick block standing over the inferior concrete supports.

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

In this social area floor the stairs are hidden in a white volume that looks like coming down from the slab and appears like a sculptural element in the space. 

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
Section
Section
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Next level is designated for the three rooms the house holds. Oppose to the stairs on the floor below, the stairs leading to the roof terrace is an open structure, visually making  the hall and the circulation nucleus more spacious. 

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
Model
Model
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

The roof terrace is a lookout to the nearest mountains, a space for contemplation and gathering.

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

The materiality of the house is defined by local materials of great tradition of use in Monterrey, such as concrete, brick, steel and glass, under the premise of representing through these the industrial heart of the city. 

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

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Cite: "Cate House / S-AR" [Casa Caté / S-AR] 23 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/937350/cate-house-s-ar> ISSN 0719-8884

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