Friday, September 17, 2010
MS-BORBON House | Nuevo León, Mexico | 7XA Architecture
Project: MS-BORBON House
Architect: 7XA Architecture
Angel Lopez, Carlos Ortiz
Team: Angel Lopez, Carlos Ortiz, Manuel Frías, Elda Pasquel, Mayela Villa, Anabel Crespo, José Borani, Abraham Valdez, Alejandra Nerio
Location: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Structure: Mr. Hugo Arellano
Area: 390 m2
Photo: Vicente San Martin Lubbert Francisco
The client approached us to us to help you choose a site for your new home. After seeing several options we decided on a site that met three characteristics: slope, overlooking the Saddle Mountain and a federal green area in the back better framing the view. The orientation was also very favorable for project requirements.
We start with a basic premise: movement. The house revolves around a central axis, forming spiral program and seek to align along the same. The location of spaces is defined according to the view that the land allows the city and the volume settings emphasizes this idea. The house plays the formal and chromatic idea of a sculpture near Sebastian is the milestone of access for fractionation.
You enter across a reflecting pool on which floats a glass volume that houses the lobby. Since this is lower than mid-level to reach the social area by means of a ramp that surrounds a central space powered by overhead light, the composition of the house turns on this. The rear garden consists of steel and wooden decks that allow for open social area unobstructed views of the city. A part of the lobby staircase spiral also leads to intimate area where the study and master bedroom take advantage of city views and the final itinerary is the guest bedroom.
There are no windows in the traditional sense of the word, the glass is treated as separate volumes or as extensions of the game transparent walls that are woven into the central space. Each space was designed for a specific purpose in contemplation of the landscape where the Cerro de la Silla with the city below are the backdrop for larger areas.
The geometric complexity of the house forced to generate a system error-proof line, threaded elevated to heights mezzanine slab to have marked the walls collapsed. The ground gave some complications in the excavation as part of the land was turned and not reflected in soil mechanics, this will take the opportunity to have a rather large winery in the end the client program would require and was not seen from the beginning. The geometry of the concrete wall required a three-dimensional line where each point on it did not match, we had to strain it by stages to avoid mistakes in doing so in very large, we wanted a perfect stroke, but with traces of wood texture formwork.
The slabs had a separate complex and that no corners had the same level during the course of the work was given the opportunity to do more folds that resulted in a better light to enter the central space, the warping own to tame the arch were fixed in the implementation process of the cast to have a completely flat slab without warping.
The ceiling of the central circulation comes from the kitchen and runs under the flight of stairs becomes complicated generating folds that arise from the meeting of walls and slabs of the house.
The floors are polished concrete with gravel aggregate with hints of gray and white gravel was scattered while to the cast, the joints were plotted according to the outline of walls and slabs of the house so that everyone had a geometric consistency .
More pictures here