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Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexico Architecture News - May 25, 2022 - 15:25   1363 views

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura has designed a housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Named Pensamientos Residential, the 1,200-square-metre complex is composed of a set of four homes located in Colonia Reforma, 5 minutes from Downtown Oaxaca, where the cost of land has increased considerably and gentrification means that more and more locals live on the outskirts. 

The housing features protruding windows and neutral tones enriched with golden hues. 

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Since the project was commissioned by a real estate agency, the location of the project was important and needed design and commercial strategies that help redensify the area, according to the architect. 

The project features four houses, each with a land area of 120-square-metre area, which means that ventilation and natural lighting are achieved through patios and perforations. 

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

The built area, ranging from 245 square meters to 275 square meters, is divided into three levels. The patios are conceived as an important element in the design, since they unify the houses with each other, respecting sunlight and particular programs.

The architectural program is arranged in a different distribution in each volume. While social areas are placed on the ground floor, the first level is dedicated to private areas such as TV room or study, and the main room and services are designed on the second level. 

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

On each level, patios with high-rise walls refer to Mexican architecture, to its patios, which are developed as flexible spaces for the user.

The materiality is based on neutral tones, giving the user a sense of personalized interior. "The exterior paste finishes and woods from the Oaxaca coast such as Huanacaxtle, as well as steel and volcanic stones," said Espacio 18 Arquitectura.

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

"Residential thoughts is a project that seeks to show the real estate development of Oaxaca what can be generated through the study of the place where it is unsettled, without falling into out of place currents, without pretensions and adapting as much as possible to its immediate context, since It is the most urbanized area of Oaxaca," the office added.

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Ground floor plan

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Level 2 plan

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Level 3 plan 

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Level 4 plan

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Elevation

Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs housing playing with solids and voids in Oaxaca, Mexico

Sections

Project facts

Project: Pensamientos Residencial

Architects: Espacio 18 Arquitectura 

Location: Oaxaca, México

Date: 2022

Building area: 1,200 m2

Interior Design: Espacio 18 Arquitectura, Monse López, Marisela López

Builders: Espacio 18 Arquitectura.

Landscape: Espacio 18 Arquitectura

Architects in charge: Espacio 18 Arquitectura, Sonia Morales, Andrea Rodríguez 

Carpentry: Orvesa y diseño

Engineer: José Luis Contreras Pisson + LM Estructuras

All images © Camila Cossio

All drawings © Espacio 18 Arquitectura 

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