The Contemporary Casa AA, Mexico City
Mexico City-based design studio Parque Humano has designed Casa AA. The stunning contemporary home was commissioned by a private client and can be found in Mexico City, Mexico. The project was completed in 2011.
Casa AA is 2,240 meters above sea level and its main features include a living, dinning, kitchen and multipurpose room, three bedrooms, gazebo and a swimming pool.
This house is an exploration of a variety of formal and architectural lineages in the ongoing transformations of a modern house inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House to the Case Study Housing Program from the 1940s.
This luxury house was designed as a man-made pavilion for observing and living in close proximity to nature. Organised around an open landscape, the result is a wide L-shaped open plan room, an intersection of the two axes radiating from the central living and dining space, in which all rooms flank the swimming pool and face the park.
Pushing the limits of interior space through the use of floor to ceiling glass, the architects sought to bring the house and landscape into a higher unity.
Through the use of a steal structure they have created a greater feeling of lightness and openness. The use of bricks was fundamental in the house, the bricks provided insulation for extreme temperatures primarily from the intense summer heat. They have created a special composition whereby walls organise space but do not bear weight.
The rectilinear composition is supported by the straightforward landscape designed by Pamela Burton. The pool, not only a recreational asset, also enhances the view from the inside through its constantly changing reflections of the sky and clouds. Images courtesy of Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto.