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.
San Sen House in Valle de Bravo, Mexico by Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos
August 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos
Alejandro Sánchez García (Mexico, 1966) is a practicing architect currently living and working in Mexico City. He studied in the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he graduated as an architect and urban planner, becoming the Architecture Student Body President in 1990 and 1991.
From 1989 to 1997, Alejandro worked in Taller de Arquitectura X with Daniel Álvarez and Alberto Kalach. As of 1997, he became independent establishing his own firm ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ GARCIA ARQUITECTOS.
Sánchez García has taken part in various projects and contests for the renovation and refurbishing of historical buildings and landmarks such as: the renovation of the Del Bosque Cultural Center and additions of storage units and exhibition rooms of the Rufino Tamayo Museum. He is known for the project involving the transformation of the ex-penitentiary of San Luis Potosí into the San Luis Potosí Arts Center in 2005; which won the National Heritage Conservation Award (unanimous decision) given by the INAH (National Anthropology and History Institute) in 2009.
In 2010 Alejandro took part in a nation-wide contest involving the renovation and rehabilitation of the General National Archive.
Later that year, CONACULTA (National Cultural and Arts Council) invited Sánchez García to develop the Jose Luis Martínez Library. The building accommodates one of the most important Latin American book collections and is part of the Ciudadela- City of Books project. The Library was inaugurated in 2011 by President Calderón and won the Work of the Year Award in the Interior Design category.
The Jose Luis Martínez Library was met with such enthusiasm by the specialized sector and the public, that Sánchez García was commissioned to undertake the restoration and refurbishing of the whole Ciudadela Project along with architect Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta. The Ciudadela was inaugurated in November 2012 by President Calderón. Its main features include a theater, personal book collections and libraries, children’s libraries, and an exhibition gallery. The project makes use of a low-energy consumption system and innovations in the climate control system for the preservation of the collections and the building itself.
As well as taking part in many institutional and renovation projects, Alejandro has more than twenty housing projects, apartment buildings, restaurants, and urban planning projects set in various parts of the country.
His work has been featured in several publications such as: “Arquine” Magazine, “Arquitectura y Diseño de Interiores”, “Cultura y Arte en Mexico” Newsletter, “Gatopardo” Magazine, “Obras” Magazine, and many national newspapers. There are two books based on Sánchez García’s work: “Centro de las Artes Centenario” and “La Ciudadela: La Ciudad de los Libros y la Imagen” published by CONACULTA.
In August 2012 Alejandro was invited to participate in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in the Biennale di Venezia, titled “Common Ground”. Mexico’s pavilion presented it’s works under the theme “Culture Under Construction”; it featured three of Alejandro’s projects: Ciudadela- City of Books, Jose Luis Martínez Library, and the San Luis Potosí Arts Center.
Situated in the middle of the Valle de Bravo forest, San-Sen House is a stilt house with a metallic structure incased in wood and glass. The single story house contains three rooms, living area, kitchen, and several balconies and terraces under wood beamed ceilings. Its modular design gives every space of the house a visual connection with the natural surroundings.
From our first approach to the site, and our first approach to the project’s design, we consider the project’s essence and habitat. We exhaust every possibility in order to resolve each aspect of the design. We are not trying to be original, on the contrary, most of the times the results are very simple, straightforward, and timeless…