Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

Taller Hector Barroso Architects have designed an exemplary private house  in the residential area of Santa Fe in Mexico City, which features a bold, minimal exterior made out of a rigid volumetric assembly and an equally austere and simple yet highly atmospheric interior.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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This private residence demonstrates a very strong materiality that is highly visible from the entrance façade. Firstly, the house features a rough and moist basing that is materialized in pine wood, resembling a light plinth that supports the weight above.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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The raw natural stone volume that sits on top of it reinforces the monolithic feeling and mineral aspect of the house.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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The last level- the roof- features a floating slab with steel beams shielding a living room, which offers a stunning 360 degree view over the surrounding mountains. The concept of internal-external continuity is present in this level as well, where sliding crystal panels grant the effect of lightness to the structure, creating an airy, elegant feeling to the space.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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Internally, the house is dominated by a central void, a beautiful and minimal courtyard, around which are gathered all living areas.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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Casa Cumbres has been designed around this inner patio which provides a set of nice, comforting views and plenty of natural lighting while it offers cross-ventilation to the internal environment.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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The patio is indeed a key-element of the residence’s design, which defines the perception of interior views in addition to offering a fragmented visual experience of the surrounding territories.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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The different areas of the architectural program are built around this contemplative patio. The living – dining space is set by a visual and functional continuity between interior and exterior bringing the garden inside the living and dining room, creating an illusion of spatial boundaries.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

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This spatial illusion is highly emphasized when both fronts are open and natural light penetrates the interior, views are extended and natural ventilation allows a light breeze to enter the building.

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

©Taller Hector Barroso

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

©Taller Hector Barroso

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

©Taller Hector Barroso

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

©Taller Hector Barroso

Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso

©Taller Hector Barroso

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 

 


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