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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 LA in México by Elías Rizo Arquitectos

 
November 6th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Elías Rizo Arquitectos

Casa LA was born out of an especially fruitful relationship with the client. Thorough communication was established from the beginning and we were granted complete trust to translate their needs into space.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

  • Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos, Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Project: Casa LA
  • Location: México
  • Photography: Marcos García
  • Collaborators: Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Carlos Miramontes, Daniela Valdez, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz, Rodrigo Ortega
  • Interior Design: Kárima Dipp
  • Year finished: 2014
  • Area: 933 m2

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Breaking with the norm established by all the houses in the vicinity, Casa LA recedes a considerable distance from the setback line, to yield a large open space below the tree canopies, a stark welcome gesture.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

The main entry into the complex proceeds to an open passageway that runs along a rough-hewn stone wall and postpones the access into the house an additional number of meters. A glazed box containing a studio protrudes from the building. It hovers above a large pond that can be crossed via a series of stone pavers that rise above the water and lead directly into the public areas of the house. The garage, concealed on the other side of the stone wall, compels cars to park sideways so as to render them invisible from any space in the house.
The entry sequence into the building presents a series of layers, starting with the garden space beyond the setback lines, following through the open corridor past the pond, and crossing through the central courtyard all the way to the living spaces at the back of the main building.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

A central courtyard scheme was implemented to introduce natural ventilation into every space of the house without compromising privacy. The corridors around the courtyard on the ground floor are defined by a series of operable windows that allow the kitchen and living spaces to bleed out into the exterior, when the weather allows it.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Expanding on the theme of permeability that dominates the ground floor, similar solutions were implemented throughout the living quarters on the second level, to allow for private, open spaces. Such is the case with the small, glazed atrium that ventilates the master bathroom and the deeply recessed balconies that yield generous exterior areas to all bedrooms.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Crossing the lawn, beyond the living spaces on the ground floor, a pool and a concrete volume containing an entertainment room overlook a small ravine outside of the property. Below this volume a staggered pathway descends gently to negotiate the changes in topography on a pronounced cliff, leading down to a lower landscaped area.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

Dark gray steel, glass, wood, concrete and stone compose the greater part of the material palette throughout the house, which is complemented by accents in leather and stainless steel. The master bathroom receives a special treatment as it is covered almost in its entirety with white marble.

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 © 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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