Don’t you just love architecture that approaches a site differently. That said, this house would never pass council approval in Australia, we would be forced to clear the land and build with distance between the dwelling and bush. This family weekend house is located in Amacueca, Mexico is set inside a bush garden of walnuts and coffee plantations where more than being able to look at the landscape, is immersed in it, hidden under the driveway!
A single floor with the social area linked to the main room and two separate bedrooms form the house program. Designed by CoA Architects and Departamento de Architects they decided place the public zones around the central courtyard. The elliptical form with setbacks and extensions allow for all the rooms to connect with other interior spaces and garden. For the exterior walls, local stone was used to harmonize with the natural terrain, for the interior black block was used to divide interior spaces and confine the patio.
Around the courtyard an exterior corridor marked by the rhythm of the columns, which, in turn, serve as a support for the wooden frames that structure the roof. Concrete elements appear as grafts in the supporting walls as elements that limit, support and confine closings, windows and niches.
The gable deck marked by the outline of the wooden structure, generates a moody atmosphere to the interior, also provides a generous space to the interior and connection to the interior garden.