up on high : architecture : Casa Narigua by David Pedroza Castañeda : El Jonuco, Mexico

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via : plataforma arquitectura

mexican practice p+0 arquitectura has recently completed the narigua house in the mountains of northern mexico. in order to avoid eliminating trees from the heavily vegetated area, the concept of the home became centered around lifting it above the ground therefore leaving the ecosystem intact. three volumes are stacked upon one another, different shapes layered in different orientations forming dramatic cantilevers and subsequent terraces, viewpoints, and vertically-communicative spaces.  the home is cast in orthogonal exposed concrete tinted with soil from the site so as to become almost a geological incident rather than a man-made feat. the ground level plinth contains the garage right off the main road, storage rooms with furniture that could become guest bedrooms, and a mechanical room that frees the rooftop for a deck with 360-degree views. the next floor contains the main entrance area for visitors, the master suite, and the staircase leading down to the lower level. on top of everything, the kitchen, dining, and living areas enjoy the company of breathtaking scenery and access to one of many outdoor terraces, decks, and nooks- especially on the west side where two jagged peaks in the nearby distance almost touch. a delicate play between thickened walls, flat roofs, ethereal windows and heavy timber beams allow inhabitants to experience each face of every form while the glimpses of the external scenery become a fact of everyday life. the materials also recall an important vernacular in the region, however abstracted into modernity they may be. the house becomes an interactive sculpture whose planned spaces hold as much functionality and beauty as those in between.openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 2 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 3 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 4 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 5 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 6 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 7 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 8 openhouse-magazine-up-on-high-architecture-casa-narigua-by-david-pedroza-castaneda-el-jonuco-mexico-photography-Sofia-Flores-Chapa 9 Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 21.54.36

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