Mexico. Casa Quince is a solid yet porous volume

In the city of Monterrey, RML Diseño completed a 220 sqm house excavated by double-heights, indoor gardens and a tunnel staircase.

RML diseño, Casa Quince, Monterrey, Mexico, 2018

Casa Quince is a single-family house designed by RML Diseño conceived as a solid yet porous volume that develops in three floors. The house is punctuated with voids emphasised by the choice of the materials: white plaster, exposed concrete, bricks and metal mesh. The site is located in a residential area characterised by an heterogeneous arrangement of facades and sidewalks. The height of the building provides a view on the nearby mountains – Cerro de la Silla – on the South, while overlooking La Pastora wood and the BBVA stadium on the North side.

Casa Quince is accessed from a rough concrete volume that faces the street, oriented to the East, and enclosed by a medium grey metal mesh. Proceeding from this space, containing a garage, a wide living room with kitchen opens towards an inner garden. A tunnel-staircase cladded with black aluminium panels brings to the upper floor, that contains a second living area and two bedrooms. The terrace roof is connected via an outdoor stair on the East elevation. The South facade is a plastered-white surface characterised by two glazed cuts that develop on two floors. This treatment and composition of the South elevation mediates the effects of the sun exposure.

Project:
Casa Quince
Location:
Monterrey, Mexico
Program:
single-family house
Architect:
RML diseño
Chief architects:
Luis Exiquio Ruiz, Humberto Barrera Hinojosa
Area:
220 sqm
Completion:
2018

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