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.
Basaltica House in Mexico by grupoarquitectura
July 26th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: grupoarquitectura
The property is a head block with elongated proportions in the east west direction, the project is disposed in a linear way with very closed facades on the north side and completely opened on its southern section, all the spaces are faced to the main garden through terraces being always covered with ruffles or parasols for the sunlight, at the east part of the site, it has been designed a space of about 8 feet high all opened to the garden and a reflecting water.
In the basement all service areas, parking lots, general services, laundry, machine rooms, water treatment plants, utilities and garden rooms are located. On the garden plant are included all the public spaces and at higher levels are the private areas of the house.
The entire structure from the basement is a combination of concrete walls with steel beams for the metal structures, in the service areas the concrete and metal structures remains in sight; in the remaining of volumes there are intersections of concrete pieces and stone named Basaltina, with volumes of floor boarding walnut.
The screens are made of aluminum with Low-e double glasses in order to maintenance of temperature and sunlight protection. The materials used in the house are exposed concrete, steel beams, Basaltina stone in walls, Virginia Mist granite in floors, walnut wood on walls and marble trimmings and Calacata marble in bathrooms.
The furniture in the interiors are mostly Minotti, Holy Hunt in the dining room and bar, Paola Lenti on the outside, the kitchen is from Arc Line and the closets are from Interbluken and Poliform.
The house has cutting edge advanced control and automation systems for lighting, audio, video, security, irrigation, control of water mirrors, blinds, alarms, etc. As well as the water recycling systems for irrigation take advantage of the 100 % of water of the house, solar cells and thermal tanks for energy savings. During the day sun, all spaces are very bright and completely manage without electricity.
The CASA BASALTICA is a house that opens to the gardens and it is completely closed to the outside, all spaces have natural light during all day sun, opening to the south side to take maximum sunlight.
We looked for to use the minimum of materials and the colors are in a palette of gray contrasting with Walnut Woods and calacatas in the bathrooms, all the volumes of the house are intersections between concrete and stone Basaltina volumes. We let the furniture, gardens and art to color the space.
The whole technology subject of the house in every way is of the last generation trying to optimize all natural resources to the maximum, recycling the 100% of water, solar panels and using the most sophisticated lighting systems in the market.