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.
GP House in Hidalgo, Mexico by Bitar Arquitectos
April 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Bitar Arquitectos
GP House has all the basic requirements of a residential home, foyer, living room, dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, studio, laundry, three-car garage, maid’s quarter, spread over two floors and connected by vertical staircase to break up the home’s dominant horizontal construction. This juxtaposition is even more striking with the use of a local stone as a finish on the cube stairs against its concrete structure.
The master bedroom on the top floor and the common areas (lounge, dining and living rooms) make up the rear facade. Covered almost entirely in glass, light is drawn into the concrete structure of these spaces to ensure the continuity of the rooms with the beautiful view of the golf course. This design element eliminates any visual barrier between the two spaces, external and internal, with a reflection pool to outline the exterior of the home.
The double-height of the living quarters gives a spacious feel to the area where right above stands the television room. This space on the top floor features a wooden lattice to provide privacy while allow for the entry of natural light into the television room.
The use of natural materials is predominant throughout the house such as marble and rock finish for the floors and some walls. Concrete was also used on some walls while others have been painted with nuetral tones. To counterbalance this feature, walnut wood was used in the trimmings and doors to give a warmth to the space. Metal details in the interiors such as cross-shaped columns and railings were specifically designed for this project.
The lighting of the home not only serves its basic function to illuminate but also to aesthetically highlights objects, vegetation and exteriors of the house. Skylight domes were opened up in areas of the home to take advantage of natural lighting, which together with materials used in the interiors, creates a unique play of light and shadows. GP House is an entirely contemporary space designed under linear elements.
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