Project and Work: Weber Arquitectos
Author: Fernando Weber, Anina Schulte‐Trux
Collaborations: Sara Muñoz y Javier Granados
Construction Management: Gerardo Vázquez
Year: 2018 ‐ 2019
M² of Land: 1,140 m²
M² of Construction: 420 m²
Photography: Luis Gallardo / LGM Studio
The project for this house is located within a residential colony in the suburbs of Mexico City. The plot enjoys generous views of a large canyon, behind which the silhouette of the city can be appreciated.
The architectural proposal takes up the language of the modern movement that emerged in Europe in the first half of the last century, an efficient architecture with geometric forms where functionality is the main guiding principle of the design: straight lines and monochromatic tones, whose only contrast is the warmth of the wood, achieve a relaxed atmosphere perfect for appreciating the environment. The purity of the design gives it a timeless character that stands out against the more ornate neighboring constructions from the 1980s.
The layout of the house responds to its views and orientation. The living-dining room, breakfast room, and bedrooms on the upper floor face east to take advantage of the wooded view of the canyon and the morning sun. The staircase, the main element of the living-dining room, allows natural light to enter through the window and dome along its length.
The vegetation of the extensive garden with its majestic tree contrasts with the plant palette of its three patios and green roof, generating a dialogue between interior and exterior, making it an important part of the architecture. For irrigation, the house reuses consumption water through filters and generates its own energy through solar panels.
The interior design was an integral part of the project. The chosen finishes were light European Oak wood for floors, ceilings, and fixed furniture; Walnut wood was used for much of the custom-made furniture, creating a more sober atmosphere; on the other hand, white lacquer on doors, closets, and wainscoting, and white mosaic in some bathrooms generate spaces with greater freshness. Only the master bathroom is covered in beige marble.
The central piece of the living-dining room is the bookcase and fireplace, whose illuminated objects provide a cozy atmosphere and give serenity to the house. Each object, piece of furniture, artwork, and lamp, combining original models from the 1920s-60s with current designs, was selected to give greater strength and character to the architectural proposal.