Reinterpreting the typology of a Mexican house in a contemporary version, was the premise to design Keita House, where the central patio became the circulation and main view of the residence. This last one, serves as the project’s heart, it can be contemplated from everywhere, and it is completely surrounded by both private and social areas of the proposal.
Existing vegetation and the climate in Colima city allowed the continuous opening of the proposed volumes. In the design, all the spaces are somehow permeated by either vegetation, wind and natural light, components that at the same time conquer until erasing the barrier between nature and architecture.
In order to generate a more intimate and cozy atmosphere, a one-story house was proposed, with the intention of living a more direct connection within all spaces, an assumption that also gave place to the gesture in which absolutely all the architectural program can interact directly and palpably with the environment.
As a first encounter when wandering through the building, the kitchen, living room and dining room, welcome the visitor with a bountiful height that embraces with its wooden beams and roof. The aperture of this area with floor to ceiling windows grants a free perspective on the background of the house, where a tree is preserved advocated by a steel structure, that provides shadow to the terrace. At last, in a second axis, the bedrooms that always enjoy pleasant landscapes and constant approach with the site’s flora are distributed intimately, without leaving aside the requested privacy.
Volumes played an interesting role in the design of the house, the main axes of the project are indisputable, and there is an evident movement of bodies that favor the creation of new areas, almost as an intentional action in the terrain of interaction between negative and positive.
The decision of taking a risk with a selection of elements in a contrasting range of colors achieved a perfect aesthetic harmony with the trees and green hues of the context. The texture and color of red brick, coordinated with concrete, wood and the presence of steel structure, reaffirm the warmth with which the project was conceived from the beginning.
Mixing steel structure with concrete became the solution that admitted the execution of construction. The foundation process was very precise since it was arranged as a part of the aesthetics of the house when proposing black pigmented concrete walls that protected the brick volumes that were tailored in an artisan way.
Beams and steel columns were reformed rhythmic and compositional elements as part of a set of lines and faces, which also recall cracks or vertical openings in the big architectural bodies, where water runs through and ends peacefully in reflecting pools.
This backyard view of this unique house has a large towering tree that gives shade over the house as well as set a lovely picture for the earthy orange exteriors of the house.
The front of the house also has its own towering tree in its landscaping that makes the modern earthy orange home seem like it is surrounded by a forest.
This closer view of the front of the house shows that from the concrete street, it diverges into a wide but short concrete driveway onto a covered parking area that is enough to fit a two to four vehicles.
This wide cover of the parking area has a white ceiling fitted with recessed lights that shine a warm yellow glow matching with exterior lights below and even the wall-mounted lamps.
This closer angle shows the charming tall swiveling wooden main door of the main entry that is raised on a slightly higher elevation as the driveway lined with black steel beams.
Here you can see that the exterior walls are more of a terracotta tone made of small bricks that is perfectly complemented by the surrounding lush green landscaping and it also makes the wall-mounted house number stand out.
This view shows more of the black steel beam that runs from floor of the main entry, to the pillar and onto the large cover of the parking area.
This view of the left side of the house shows that there is a second wall of the same material slightly protruded from the large pillar. The side of the house is contrasted by the lush green tropical plants and ferns planted straight to the soil at the side of the house.
This closer look of the right side shows that it is adorned with a flowing water display with its water being fed by the black spout running from the upper level of the house to the side of the wall making it stand out against the terracotta tone of the brick exterior walls.
Here you can see more of the covered parking area of the house that ends with a concrete wall adorned by a medium-sized tree in the corner. This also shows that the raised platform of the main entry has black flooring to match the black steel beams lining the sides.
The left side view of the house has a simple and minimal design to its plain terracotta brick wall. This is augmented by the beautiful and lush vegetation of the landscaping filled with tall trees and various plants that give color and contrast.
Within the central open area of the house is this charming dark stone walkway with a tree in the middle going straight through to the ceiling.
This is a better look at the central open area of the house. Here you can see that the house forms a sort of embrace around this small cozy area under the shade of the tall trees.
This outdoor area that has a tall tree in it, has the same black steel beam lining the sides of the large cover that protrudes from the terracotta brick exterior wall towards the concrete wall.
This view shows more of this area. The terracotta bricks of the house exterior is complemented by the glass windows that has black frames to pair with the steel beams. There is even a corner glass window.
This area lights up with the warm yellow glow of the recessed lights of the cover as well as the lights underneath the raised platform of the walkways making the various plants stand out.
The tree is also brightened by the spotlights. Beside it is the simple swimming pool with its own lights making it glow blue to stand out against the surrounding structures.
The other side of this beautiful pool is the small lawn of green grass adorned with a stone walkway running through the middle with uneven pieces of flattened rock embedded into the lawn.
This night time view of the same angle shows the wonderful transformation of the area thanks to the warm glow of the yellow exterior lights. Here you can also see the glass walls of the interior hallway on the right side glowing with its own lights.
Here you can see more of the small green lawn of grass with the stone walkway. It leads toward the large open wall of the dining area. On the right, you can see that the edge of the pool is being fed with water coming out of spout from the brick exterior wall.
The small lovely lawn of grass is lined with small plants on the side and a small collection of topical plants on the corner near the dining area.
You can clearly see here the genius craftsmanship poured into the design of the house with its wide open walls that let you glimpse the interiors topped with black steel beams on a raised level higher than the backyard.
This side view of the pool shows that it is bordered on one side by the tall concrete wall for maximum privacy partnered with a serene view of the treetops.
At night, the concrete wall lights up afforded by the warm wall-mounted lamps that throw light upward and downward augmented by the lights coming from the pool for a wonderful night swim.
The walkway leading to the dining area is lined with gravel to avoid mud spatters on the walkways when it rains. This ends on a couple of large stone slabs that serve as steps to the slightly elevated flooring of the interior.
Upon entry of the interiors, you are welcomed on the right side by the breakfast bar with three stools that stand out against the Industrial-style concrete flooring.
The breakfast bar has a large gray countertop that is topped with three pendant lights that give off a warm yellow glow.
The kitchen has a large black wall where the stainless steel appliances are housed illuminated by the window above the sink area.
Next to this kitchen is the large formal dining room with the same light gray concrete flooring paired with a wooden ceiling that has exposed wooden beams.
This wooden ceiling hangs a modern ceiling fan above the large rectangular wooden dining table. surrounded by gray cushioned chairs with a concrete wall on on side and a glass wall on the other.
At the other end of the long dining table is the living room and from there, you can see the bedroom on the far end of the hallway.
This is the living room with its long light gray sectional sofas lining the both sides of the wall which are both concrete. These sofas flank a rectangular wooden coffee table on a area rug with a nice background of a glass wall with shelves.
This view shows the proximity of the dining area and the living room area. Both are under the same wooden ceiling that has exposed wooden beams. There is a gray concrete wall on the side with embedded shelves and a console table by the dining area.
This bathroom has a modern porcelain toilet with a simple charming background of wooden planks on the wall lit by a pendant light with white pebbles adorning the bottom.
This bathroom has the toilet placed in the middle of the vanity and the glass-enclosed walk-in shower area with the same earthy brown tome to its walls as the rest of the bathroom.