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.
Casas La Punta in Mexico by Grupoarquitectura
October 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Grupoarquitectura
West of Mexico City in nearly one hectare site, the two houses were designed on top of a beautiful canyon with wonderful views. The design is based on two parallel stone finished walls that enclose the house blocking it on the north façade and opening it up to the south with a very light metal frame that integrates the façade along with the garden.
The steel structure that spans a 14 meters width in an orderly rhythm houses the bedrooms and the rest of the living spaces, enclosing the services between the back walls.
The houses are staggered following the topography of the site, spreading naturally and maintaining a continuous line. The privacy between the houses is achieved by a difference in height and orientation of the living areas. The facade has a aluminum louvers that filter the direct sunlight to its wood and stone finished terraces, creating hatch shadows towards the outside.
All the metal structures are left exposed along with their anchorages and bolts. The finishes on the rest of the house are limestone on the walls, and hardwood, granite and volcanic stone floors. The interior walls are lined with walnut wood panels that make up the dividing furniture between the spaces. The doors are integrated into the panels and appear to “be lost” into them. The glazed aluminum windows are equipped with (Low-E) for thermal and acoustic insulation.
The houses are equipped with the most advanced control and automation systems for advanced lighting, audio, video, irrigation, blinds, etc. The houses is also geared with water recycling systems for irrigation, solar cells and thermal generation tanks for energy savings. During the day so much sunlight bathes the spaces with bright light that and completely ignores electricity.