IC House by Alexanderson Arquitectos

IC House by Alexanderson Arquitectos

Architects: Alexanderson Arquitectos
Location: Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Year: 2014
Area: 8,342 sqft
Photo courtesy: Carlos Díaz Corona
Description:

The site is located on the edge of a ravine. It is a corner lot located in a residential subdivision in the area of Guadalajara. The site reflects the geography of the ravine, with steep slopes and an irregular geometry.

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The project arises from the premise of creating a monolithic volume with the ability to open in full on one side and to remain closed in the other. The incorporation of a large central courtyard, besides linking the spaces, generates options for openings in the walls, and contextualizing the courtyard with the exterior.

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These openings are covered with metal lattices that filter light and the views, thus enhancing the relation between exterior and interior.

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The program is designed on 3 levels in a house of 775 m2 (8,342 ft2). Harnessing the natural slope and the foundation of the house allows the basement to be fully open to the garden. It also houses a gym and guest room, both open to the central courtyard.

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On the intermediate or access level are the rest of the public activities. The services have an independent access from the garage.

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Upstairs are the private activities. The space generated by the courtyard serves as a separation between the bedrooms and reaffirms this gesture of transparency with the exterior. Taking advantage of the height of the house, the roof of the master bedroom serves as a viewing deck over the privileged view of the neighborhood.

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