House in Xalapa

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
Envisioned for a growing family, the house proposes a form of dwelling organized around a continuous dialogue with the landscape in which it is located. The dark exterior grants it a solid stature, while evoking the possibility of a home carved in the interior of a rock formation. Certain formal gestures complement this suggestion, like the sectioning of the house’s volumes that hints at the form of a crack, or the windows that appear sporadically in different parts of the wall. The tour inside proposes a game of changing lights and shadows, with paths that open and close, tighten and widen, and flow into open spaces that secure fresh air and privacy.
Architecture is thought in such a way that it can allow for time to do its work over the constructed area: plants will grow, walls will become humid and mossy, the volume will identify more and more with its landscape. It lays down a philosophy of construction in which the work begins at the point in which the house starts to live.

Residencial Cumbres No. 21, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

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Applicant and authors of the project
Lopez Gonzalez Studio.
«Founded in 2019 in Mexico City, we are an emerging architecture and design studio whose main interest lies in the reflection of local expressions and traditions for the contemporary development of our practice. We comprehend our work through the specifics of those physical objects who sets boundaries and relations between people and space, and the reactions produced by their intentions and uses in the human being and their influence in everyday’s life.»