Mexico. An introverted brick house

Light, urban context, materiality and spatial modules are the design layers of the house by Dosa Studio in Texcoco, Mexico.

Dosa Studio, Palmas House, Texcoco, Mexico, 2018

In early 2017, Dosa Studio was appointed to design a house in Texcoco, Mexico, based on a very low budget and complicated site conditions. The client was a young woman who requested to design a house for her relatives. The entire family lived in that house for more than 40 years. The first step was the recognition of materials, and the red brick met the necessary characteristics for the construction of this project due its materiality and sustainable characteristics. The project was based on brick dimensions in order to modulate the house.

The strategy of the selection of the material was complemented by the exploration of natural light to emphasize and provide thermal comfort to each of the areas based on the site analysis. Palmas House explores different layers such as light, urban context, materiality and spatial modules. Two courtyards separate the house from its neighbours. Each of the courtyards has their own identity and function. The first one allocates a narrow stone garden that connects the main entrance from the street. In addition, it isolates the interior visually and acoustically from the context. The second courtyard contains the services area.

    

Project:
Palmas House
Location:
Texcoco, Mexico
Program:
single family house
Architect:
Dosa Studio – Raúl Medina, Sergio Sousa
Collaborators:
Abraham Servin, Angélica Pasten, Mariana Morales, Daniel Castillo, Carlos Cruz
Structural engineering:
Arcadio García
Area:
160 sqm
Completion:
2018

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