Native agency HW Studio Arquitectos has accomplished an all-white stucco home in Morelia, Mexico, whose hermetic design serves as a haven for residents.
Morelia-based HW Studio accomplished the 375-square-meter (four,036-square-foot) home in 2023, occupying a complete nook lot within the metropolis within the state of Michoacán.
Of their earlier house, situated on the identical website, the purchasers had gathered a group of spiritual objects and pictures, making a sacred setting of their residence. Nevertheless, rising crime charges and a housebreaking have shaken clients’ sense of safety.
As an alternative of rebuilding the ornamental home they’d beforehand, the purchasers have been on the lookout for a minimalist design that may evoke a non secular spirit and make them really feel protected.
“For that reason, they have been on the lookout for a really discreet, austere challenge, with out ostentatious ornaments, with excessive partitions and no home windows to the skin,” defined lead architect Rogelio Vallejo Bores.
“I understood that this might be the way in which structure might give them again their lack of sense of safety.”
From the skin, the home is a strong block with a recessed door. Inside, the rounded geometry softens the areas. White stucco serves as each exterior and inside materials, and white and grey marble tiles cowl the ground.
The neighborhood has lengthy been house to altering kinds and eclectic design, Bores defined, so “in that sense, the austere, colorless white field opens the door to being altered and thus sustaining the altering face of the neighborhood.”
The only-level L-shaped home spans your complete website, surrounding a collection of courtyards.
The primary bar of the home accommodates a kitchen, eating and dwelling house, a central master bedroom and two secondary suites on the finish of an extended hall.
Every of the three linear courtyards – which illuminate and ventilate the inside areas by folding floor-to-ceiling glass partitions – are organized subsequent to a barrel vault that disperses gentle and references the close by Baroque church buildings.
“The home reminds us of the arches across the courtyard of the San Agustin monastery beneath which pilgrims and vacationers sheltered, drank and fed from the various orange bushes planted,” mentioned Bores.
Across the nook from the general public areas of the home is a storage, a service condominium and one other small courtyard.
The furnishings is low-profile and impartial in shade, whereas wall-to-wall flat storage creates a paneled texture within the bedrooms.
Terraces and excessive ceilings enable the house to take care of steady microclimates, counting on the vernacular constructing requirements of the native Tarascan inhabitants. The home additionally makes use of photo voltaic panels, eliminating the must be linked to the electrical energy grid.
This home shouldn’t be the one drab design that HW Studio has accomplished within the space. Close by, the studio changed an deserted warehouse with white kinds to create a meals market that fills the historic stone partitions. Additionally in Morelia, the studio designed a home sunk right into a hill.
Images is by César Béjar.
Principal Architect: Rogelio Vallejo Bores
Architects: Oscar Didier Ascencio Castro, Nik Zaret Cervantes Ordaz
Clients: Cesar Cortes and Sonia Patricia Serrato