Casa Cosmos

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
Casa Cosmos is a small house placed nearby Puerto Escondido on the Pacific coast of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The house is composed by three main elements. The first element is a center or hard nucleus, built with concrete walls, slabs and columns with a brutal finish. It shelters the habitable space under the roof: a reduced program that includes one bedroom, kitchen-dinning room, living and bathroom. Each of one occupies a quadrant of an almost perfect squared floor plan. The second element is an external grid made of concrete beams and columns with a smooth finish. They are connected to the central nucleus which allows the extension of activities of the whole house to the exterior. Generating patios, terraces, perimetral circulation and a pond. This modifies the perception of the real dimension by the experience of inhabiting the house.The third element is the roof that functions as a lookout towards the landscape. It holds a water mirror for reading the reflected cosmos.

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Additional information

Applicant and authors of the project
S-AR (César Guerrero + Ana Cecilia Garza).
architectural design studio based in Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City) led by Cesar Guerrero and Ana Cecilia Garza.
Their work focuses on the design and development of architectural projects of several scales and typologies from private, experimental and social houses to architectural installations, educational buildings and design of furniture and other objects including books and independent publications about architecture.
Architects in charge: César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza.
Collaborators: María Sevilla, Carlos Morales, Luis Fernando De la Garza.

Other participants
Photography: Camila Cossío, Claudio Sodi.
Builder / General Contractor: José Ramírez
Structural Engineer: CM Ingeniería
Civil Engineer: Fermín Pérez
Carpentry: Ubaldo Ríos
Blacksmith: Mario Ramírez
Interior Design: S-AR, Aránzazu de Ariño, Claudio Sodi
Landscape Design: S-AR, Aránzazu de Ariño, Claudio Sodi