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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 OVal in Jalisco, México by Elías Rizo Arquitectos

 
March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Elías Rizo Arquitectos

The commission for casa Oval came from a young family with clearly defined needs and aspirations. This project presented a challenge that has become increasingly prevalent among Mexican architects: to build a house in a cloistered residential community that often imposes arbitrary, traditionalist aesthetic restrictions on all construction. Privacy and space efficiency were the two driving concerns for the project. The house envelope needed to afford sufficient visual privacy from the street outside, while also providing enough porosity to allow generous amounts of natural light into the house.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

  • Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa OVal
  • Location: Jalisco, México
  • Photography: Marcos García
  • Collaborators: Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Daniela Valdez, Andrea Zúñiga, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Constructor: Calca Constructora, César Alcaraz Flores, Pamela Cabrera Castro
  • Iluminación: Construlita
  • Project year: 2013
  • Project area: 341 m2

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

On the ground floor, the main entry opens to a vestibule that leads to wide space containing the dining and living spaces. A large sliding window opens to a backyard and concrete deck. The kitchen is resolved efficiently in a small space next to the dining areas. On the second floor we find the various bedrooms and a family living space; all revolving around a large glazed courtyard that floods the hallway with sunlight.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

At a first glance, the house displays a simple, legible geometric composition; a closer look reveals a concern for craftsmanship and detail. This is especially patent in the design of various elements of the house, such as the metal fence by the entry, which consists of vertical steel strips with varying gaps; the reveal that separates the volume of the house from the ground and delineates the windows on the façade; or the punctilious assembly of planes in window frames. Concrete, wood and stone are prominent participants among the austerity in the interiors.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Elías Rizo Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Elías Rizo Arquitectos

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