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

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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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