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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa AA in Mexico City, Mexico by Parque Humano

 
October 30th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Parque Humano

This house is an exploration on the trace of a variety of formal and architectural lineages in the ongoing transformation of the modern dwelling that ranges from Neutra´s Kaufmann House to the Case Study Housing Program. This house was designed as a man-made pavilion for observing and living in close proximity to nature. Organized around an open landscape, the result is an L-shaped plan one room wide, an intersection of the two axes radiating from the central living / dining space in which all rooms flank the swimming pool and face the view of the park.

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  • Architects: Parque Humano
  • Project: Casa AA
  • Location:Mexico City, Mexico
  • Type: Commission
  • Total Area: 625 m2
  • Client: Private
  • Status: Completed
  • Design Phase: 2008-2009
  • Construction Phase: 2009-2011
  • Software used: None; everything by hand.

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  • Project Team: Jorge Covarrubias + Benjamín González Henze
  • Structure: Garcia Jarque Ingenieros S.C.
  • Electrical: Islas Ingeniería
  • Mechanical: H20 Solutions
  • Interior Design: Parque Humano
  • Landscape Design: Pamela Burton & Company
  • Lighting Design: Parque Humano
  • Photographs: Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto.
  • SITE: Altitude: 2,240 meters above sea level. Subtropical highland climate, high rainfall during summer. Summer, circa 32°. Winter circa -5°C. Clay soil with sand and gravel.

 

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Pushing the limits of interior space through the use of floor to ceiling glass openings, we sought to bring house and landscape into a higher unity. More than a composition on lines and planes, this residential design provides a framework for appreciating nature.

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Through the use of an steal structure we created a greater feeling of lightness and openness. Through the use of overhangs we provided shade and reduced glare. Brick was a fundamental material in the house, brick provided insulation for extreme temperatures primarily from the intense summer heat. We created a special composition whereby walls organize space but do not bear weight.

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The rectilinear composition is supported by the straightforward landscape designed by Pamela Burton. The pool, not only recreational asset, also intensifies the view from the interior through its constantly changing reflections of the sky and clouds.

Image Courtesy Paul Rivera

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