Monday, August 30, 2010

House In The Forest | Valle de Bravo, Mexico | Parque Humano

Project: House in the Forest
Author: Parque Humano
Jorge Covarrubias & Benjamin Gonzalez Henze and Isaias Martinez Omar Lopez
Location: Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Total Area: 650 m2
Client: Private
Status: Built
Design Phase: 2004 - 2005
Construction Phase: 2006 - 2009
Interior Design: Parque Humano
Landscape Architect: Jerónimo Hagerman
Photo: Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto.

The house is located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico . The maximum temperature reaches 33 ° C in summer and a minimum -2 ° C in winter. The view south of the site is to the ecological reserve of Cerro Gordo and Lake Avándaro.

For the design of this house, we have considered the question of whether we are able to build (not to mention energy savings, sustainability and ecology) a connection to the environment through its impact and experience, build a sense of respect for nature .
Thus, we have taken full advantage of the slope to make a visual connection to different heights with the existing trees as with the immediate environment (mountains and lake).
The trace density of the building adapts to existing trees, giving three pavilions completely surrounded by forest, same as we set the standard to accommodate the program (public areas - Hall 1, private areas - in Hall 2 and Hall 3 pool).

The continuity between the natural environment and the house is accentuated by the structural system made of metal frames of the project. The cancel (including structural), resembles an abstraction of shadows that are generated in the yards of pine convent Desierto de los Leones.
To control the temperature, we have raised the existing buildings on stone foundations of the place and covered the cancel with wooden louvers, to help them respond to climate changes in a beautiful and simple. Thus, the building is modified depending on the season and the intimacy of the spaces.
The envelope of the house, gradually evolved to suit the context of the area, the final decision of baked clay tile gives the appearance of the houses made from shingles that are in the rural architecture of the area, in addition, their reaction existing climate, makes the material is constantly changing depending on the humidity of the day.
More pictures of the house here

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