Cumbres House: A Modern Project

In Architecture & Design by Suzanne Koch

Located in a housing development in Mexico City, Cumbres House is part of a consecutive housing project with restrictions that reduce separation between the houses affecting the views and how the orientations are leveraged. In response, a large patio was created that developed the home’s spaces and generated a dialog between indoor and outdoor contexts that allowed light to stream through the structure, creating visual and thermostatic self-sufficiency.

The raw materials used to build the structure also lend to its independence. The shape of the footprint and the regulated limits led to a collaboration with the environment to leverage the property’s most important resource, which was the soil itself. By producing compressed earth blocks at the site and reducing its environmental footprint, the house belongs with its surroundings, and its color scheme reflects that.

From the exterior, the project appears to be a grouping of extruded blocks that allude to the impenetrability and the massiveness of the material, while the interior highlights the openness and lightness of these elements in an open floor plan. Throughout the project, the earth functions as the project’s unifying element.

Architects: ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo
Architect in Charge: Sergio Portillo Alarcón
Collaborators: Rafael Ovalle, Francisco Machuca
Construction: LINEAL Construcción y Desarrollo Arquitectónico
Engineering: Grupo R (Jaime Rangel)
Lighting Design: ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo
Landscape design: ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo – David Villanueva
Photography: Rafael Gamo

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