Welcome to our gallery featuring the striking Casa Basaltica home, designed by Grupo Arquitectura.
This four bedroom home features a unique open floor plan and startling exterior appearance.
With an innovative design and mixture of bold materials, it’s a standout home that deserves a closer look.
This project comprises a large linear block with closed facades to the north and completely open design on the south, with all spaces oriented toward the main garden. It’s a unique shape meant to maximize the surrounding environment as well as interior space.
The basement houses all service areas, including parking, laundry, water treatment, and other utilities, with direct access to the outdoors for convenience. This part of the home features an exposed structure, with the concrete and metal elements visible.
The main volumes of the home, by contrast, feature intersections of concrete and Basaltina stone, with walnut flooring. Throughout, you’ll find Virginia Mist granite in the floors, walnut on walls, and Calacata marble in the bathrooms.
The open exterior features aluminum screens with low-e double glass windows for maintaining temperature and protecting from intense sunlight.
The home features cutting edge smart control systems, including automation for lighting, entertainment, security, irrigation, blinds, and more. The house boasts a built-in water recycling system, plus solar cells and thermal tanks, all in an effort to save money and reduce its impact on the environment.
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During the day, sunlight pours in through the massive open facades to warm and light the interior passively. With expansive views over the garden and surrounding landscape, the openings serve a dual purpose.
With its carefully selected mixture of furniture and art coloring the entire space, the structure of the home is allowed to stand back and supply an elegant space unobtrusively.
Photography: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza
Here we can see how the lengthy volume pivots on a taller section housing the staircase, at center. Massive glass panels comprise the exterior on the southern side of the home, offering up expansive views from virtually anywhere inside.
The sprawling living room sits within a larger open space area, defined by its contemporary styled furniture. We can see the lengthy bar at the far end, set up against a small feature wall. Overhead, the second floor is seen through a glass balustrade.
Turning the other way, we see through the completely opened glass panels to the patio, noting how the open design blurs the line between indoors and out. Artwork placed throughout the home lends a sense of personality and character to the open plan design.
The kitchen makes the most of its open design, centering on a bespoke island with built-in sink, range, and plenty of space for in-kitchen dining. At the far end of the room, we see how the full height glazing allows for plentiful natural lighting.
Seen from the opposite side, we can better take in the rich flooring and sleek cabinetry that inform the kitchen space. The glossy countertop of the island extends into a full in-kitchen dining space.
In the tall central volume, we see the immaculate steel and glass staircase criss-crossing the entire space. The contrast between sleek modern materials and stone structure emphasizes the striking visual nature of the home itself.
At the lowest level, we see the rich stone flooring and dark walls brightened by intricate lighting and small patches of rich cedar wall. The immense amount of glass throughout allows for striking views over multiple layers of the home.
The sprawling layout features full height openings and glass panels toward the garden side on nearly every room, with a shaded section to the left obscured by perforated panels. The aluminum louvers make for perfect shading during the day time.
Across the immaculate lawn, we can see into the various living room spaces, connected in an almost uninterrupted flow between indoors and out. The glass covered facade facilitates this striking, open design.
Here’s a close look at an exterior corner of the home, with a pair of layers wrapped in glass, revealing the rich cedar walls and stone flooring inside.
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