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.

Casa Quince
Monterrey, Mexico
single-family house
RML diseño
Chief architects:
Luis Exiquio Ruiz, Humberto Barrera Hinojosa
220 sqm

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