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Casa Negra, Valle de Bravo – design by bgp arquitectura

8 Aug 2008

Black House

Valle de Bravo, Mexico
2006
Design: bgp arquitectura

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English text (scroll down for Spanish):

With a magnificent view as the main feature of this retreat located on the hill of a small village some 150km from mexico city, one-half-house aims to live landscape under a canopy with as few interior elements as possible. A fireplace, a kitchen bar and a marble platform 20m long laid as a free floor plan for public areas and garage on top of a solid block which houses the rest of the program, namely services, three bedrooms and a family room.

This covered roof garden becomes the most important part of the house. The most crowded area in which the family will spend most of the time is also the most ambiguous place of the house, one-half-house is then one-half-terrace, protected from the exterior conditions when needed by means of four meter tall sliding glass panels towards the landscape and a wall as high as the garage doors towards the street always detached from the concrete canopy to turn it into a fence more than a wall.

The exposed concrete canopy emphasizes views and deals with an anachronistic local code on context which calls for typical-construction looking elements and materials such as pitched roofs with Spanish tile simply by flipping it. In this way, views and orientation of the house towards south makes sense blocking sun on summer not on winter.

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The solid block is all exposed concrete on the inside and marble on the outside just like the roof in order to reinforce the idea of a solid 3 meter high platform with slots carefully located to glance through the surroundings from the bed, desk or the shower.

The rest of the site remains with its natural slope and local therefore highly adaptive vegetation that frame the view and wraps a family vegetable garden.

Interior materials go out of the house and exterior materials come into the house. One-half-house promotes blurring limits between indoor and outdoor, the Mediterranean house revisited versus the glass hermetic air conditioned house, live the view rather than see it.

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Black House – Building Information

Project: Black House
Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Architects: bgp arquitectura Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta with Hugo Sanchez
Project team: JN Morones Esquivel, Ximena Díaz
Design year: 2005-06
Lot area: 500m2
Surface area constructed: 300m2
Structural engineer: Jaime Fragoso
Mechanical engineer: Arturo Guerra
Glazing: Val y Val
3D model: Hugo Sanchez
Model: at. 103
Photography: Rafael Gamo

Spanish text:

CASA NEGRA Una excelente ubicación en el paisaje es el principal elemento de esta casa de descanso que se encuentra en la peña de Valle de Bravo. La propuesta busca vivir el paisaje debajo de una cubierta con la menor cantidad de elementos divisorios posibles, únicamente la chimenea y la cocina se desplanta sobre la plataforma de piedra de 20m de largo que funciona como basamento para alojar el área publica; esta terraza cubierta se convierte en la zona más importante de la casa, donde la familia pasará la mayor parte del tiempo y se distribuye en la parte inferior las áreas privadas, que están compuestas por tres recamaras y una estancia familiar. El terreno restante conserva tanto su conformación natural, como la vegetación local, enmarcando las vistas y acogiendo en su interior un pequeño huerto.

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La cubierta y el cuerpo de habitaciones y servicios, se construyen en concreto colado en sitio, aparente hacia el interior y recubierto con placas de mármol al exterior, prolongando la superficie de la terraza y enfatizando la idea de un basamento al que se le realizan perforaciones que dosifican la vista de los espacios para descansar. La propuesta busca borrar los límites entre el exterior y el interior, buscando la condición esencial de la casa abierta en oposición a la casa hermética y aislada. El paisaje en la Media Casa se vive y no solo se ve.

Casa Negra – Datos del proyecto

Proyecto: Casa Negra
Localización: Valle de Bravo, México
Arquitectos: bgp arquitectura Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta con Hugo Sánchez Colaboradores: JN Morones Esquivel, Ximena Díaz
Año de diseño: 2005-06
Año de construcción: 2007
Área terreno: 500m2
Área construcción: 300m2
Estructura: Jaime Fragoso
Ingeniería mecánica: Arturo Guerra
Cancelería: Val y Val
Modelo por computadora: Hugo Sánchez
Maqueta: at. 103
Fotografía: Rafael Gamo

bgp arquitectura studio based in Mexico City


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