Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
Location and ground where Casa Neró is discovered, became predominant premises for its construction and design. The location rewards the project with a landscape: The Volcano and the Nevado de Colima. At the same time, this context presented the challenge of building under a warm sub-humid climate like the one experienced in the city.
The building transmits an unplanned allusion to volcanoes, a coincidence that honors this great totem in context. Black color and tangible sensation of the chosen materiality brought to mind volcanic stone, protected the interior from sun's rays, and became a gesture of respect to blend into the context.
On the other hand, large volumes and extrusions which conform the set of bodies of the house, allude to the same movement generated by these natural elements; for some this may signify the imperfection of these recalled mountains and for others it translates into the perfection and beauty of nature.

Residencial Altozano, Cuauhtémoc, Colima, México

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Applicant and authors of the project
Di Frenna arquitectos.
«We work linked to tradition and constantly experimenting with materials and techniques, with the support of the good and creative Mexican artisan workmanship. We understand architecture as a space-place, that its main destination is to excite and at the same time fulfill the function for which it was designed. Functional spaces create our architecture, trying to match monumental and sculptural volumes with little maintenance, with this we create a very sober, functional and clean architecture.»
Designers: Arq. Matia Di Frenna Müller, Arq. Mariana de la Mora Padilla.

Other participants
Construction manager: Ing. Juan G. Guardado Ávila.