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Estudio MMX designs club house creating diagonal landscaped spaces in Mexico
Mexico Architecture News - Jun 16, 2020 - 13:38 3468 views
Named CRA House, the 590-square-metre house was designed with geometric irregularity which balances the outside and the inside relationship with flowing spaces.
The architects wanted to achieve that the house shouldn't be exposed to the land regulations which define the architectural language of the house.
The house is located within a residential country club in Avándaro, Estado de México. The country club, like many others in Mexico, establishes general design criteria and suggests, with emphasis, the use of specific forms and materials.
"Given the mountain character of the site, the regulation infers the need to preserve the rustic character of the place through architecture. In most cases, regulatory constraints are real challenges that are solved through analysis and design," said Estudio MMX.
"In this case, the design of the house proves a stylistic hybridization strategy, with the double purpose of giving continuity to the character of the whole, while at the same time articulating, in an alternative way, the different spaces and the program of the house."
"Instead of being perpendicular to the access, the whole house rotates, looking to obtain the best orientations and the best and widest views towards the golf field," added the studio.
The architects wanted to rotate the limits and the perimeter walls of the house, they establish alternative relations towards the exterior; Instead of an impassable fence, diagonal landscaped spaces are opened, which correct the conventional edge relationship between the land and the house.
The same turn, allows articulating the closed and semi-enclosed spaces, always in relation to the open space (both the garden and the golf course).
A central core functions as a distribution and collection of solar energy (heat) and all volumes are attached to the main core. The upper floors include private rooms, while they were turned into observation platforms and have visual shots towards the different views of the forest.
The four spaces contained under the roof and wooden structure, allow accommodating an entire family in each of the rooms, taking advantage of the generous heights, with mezzanines.
"At all times the immediate, mediate and distant landscape were respected; In fact, the house is a homage to the existing landscape and touches the destined plot in the least invasive way possible," explained the firm.
"The house sets a precedent and an alternative way of complying with regulations, protecting the architectural image of the complex and the natural environment, establishing an intelligent material dialogue with tradition and contemporary times."
The construction system values local artisans, craftsmen and methods while creating spaces of international scope. Through observation and thinking, constructions can be achieved that offer different spatial, structural and formal results, through the rational use of material and human resources "as usual", also achieving a comprehensive spatial, formal and energy performance.
Project name: CRA House
Architects: Estudio MMX
Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
All images © Rafael Gamo
All drawings © Estudio MMX
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