Contemporary design: Casa Curato, Mexico
Mexican design studio Hernandez Silva Arquitectos have completed the Casa Curato project. The beautifully designed home can be found in Zapopan, Mexico.
According to the architects: “The irregular shaped land is located in a small gated community on the west city limits. It is a very quiet place, where neighbours are bound to have a good urban context: calm, surrounded by trees and car free as possible.
“The clients, old friends, asked us to develop a comfortable, practical and pleasant home, which forced us to be very rigorous with spaces, circulations and the functional proposal of the contemporary Mexican house.
“The location of the house uses both side boundaries, leaving two entries at the front, one for cars on the semi-basement with angled doors which creates a platform for pedestrian entry. These two boundaries gave the emplacement the form of a boomerang’, which increases the scope of the relationship between the house and the garden at the back.
The formal concept began with a big bended volume that arises from a powerful wall covered by grey stone which shelters the contemporary Mexican property, and also floats upon a craft wall made from black limestone strips. The second floor seems to float and generates a cantilever that protects the visitor.
“The rooms have been designed in a simple format with the garage and service areas in the semi-basement, day-living on the ground floor, which is connected to the night-living through a great void at the main entrance with the vertical circulation.
“As you enter the contemporary interior designed property, you are greeted by an interior double-height patio, where a 6m tree has been planted to create a relaxing atmosphere. Behind the tree lies the only contemporary staircase that connects the three floors and absorbs the angles generated by the ‘V’ shaped volumes.
“A lattice was placed at the front to minimise the east-west land orientation, which allows a relationship to the wooden alley and also gives privacy inside.
“Interior spaces are almost exempt from walls; the living and dining merge together in a large space that is fully open to the outside with windows that are hidden and communicate both the garden and the terrace.
“The terrace is located in an intermediate point between the kitchen and the day-living area, but it seems to extend to the back of the garden to have a direct relationship with the use of the swimming pool.
“To the west, we have balanced the strong afternoon sun with generous cantilevers and placed a dramatic wall which receives a lower covering at the terrace, nullifying the west direct sunlight.
“On the second floor, everything is connected through a clear corridor, where you can find various rooms – the family room extends from the main entrance patio.
“The contemporary Mexican property was built with simple materials: plastered walls, white steel, coated aluminum, San Andrés grey stone, black American limestone strips, walnut wood and tempered glass. Bathroom and service areas were covered with porcelain and glass tiles. Some exposed concrete walls were incorporated to strengthen the volumes. High-gloss lacquered walls were used to add depth and liveliness to the house; also we placed skylights in several places to allow natural flood the rooms.”
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