Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
This project emerges for a communal housing functioning since 1980, in which 13 houses share and coexist within a 12,500 sqm ground located in Cuernavaca. Our project is inserted at the core of the ground as a place where people seek to coexist in harmony between each other and with nature. The design strategy seeks to blur the limits between the inside and outside. Long concrete roofs overlay over open spaces, daring gravity, to provide cover but not confinement. The inside spaces have clear glass facades from side to side which lets users enjoy the lucky nature while being inside. The structure conserves apparent concrete slabs that will age proudly in consonance with nature and steel pillar grids that made possible our design principle of limpid spaces. The building was carefully designed to insert in the ground subtly, with a foundation that connects it strongly to the ground but ends subtly in cantilivered platforms that hover over the ground and grass and let growth of vegetation

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

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Applicant and authors of the project
ARCHETONIC, Mexico City based study with more than 30 years of practice in architecture projection. All our projects have the base commitment to improve the environment. We design spaces with a systemic methodology: self-sufficient and sensitive to the context, with spatial quality and economic responsibility, always keeping in mind that architecture is to inhabit, serve and coexist in society. We approach challenges of any scale, typology and temporality.
Project by Jaime Micha Balas + In collaboration with Concepto Taller de Arquitectura / Daniel Dana Roffe.

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Photography: Rafael Gamo.