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.
House in Tulum, Mexico by Domaine Public Architects
September 2nd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Domaine Public Architects
A client’s desire for an expansive outdoor program allows for contextual integration within its larger site, while maximizing the benefits of potential environmental strategies. By elevating all primary functions, the ground floor is liberated from all construction. It is transformed into an expansive lush garden, an extension of the Mexican jungle.
The terrain is left almost untouched, accommodating the various gardens desired by the client. The elevated program is punctuated by a series of small courtyards, where coconut trees mimic the surrounding flora. Natural shading, rain protection and natural ventilation are hence maximized.
The courtyards allow for passive cooling by capitalizing on the differential air pressure. Additionally the positioning of windows within the house complements the passive cooling strategies. The courtyards also divide the public, private and service components. This programmatic differentiation enables a unique varied visual experience from the different parts of the house.
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