House in Tres Ríos | México | 2020
[César Béjar Studio]

The response to the environment and the particular understanding of the context give rise to different ways in which architecture is presented. Desiring to be the simplest of all the homes in the neighborhood, the house is free of the ornaments that different materials usually evoke, its quality lies in monochrome.

​A solid mass inserted between party walls seems to float, as if trying to find lightness in its condition of being heavy and at the same time it recedes to be slightly less visible, but it inevitably breaks the surrounding plastic through the contrast of color, shape and texture.

Its only window is composed of a horizontal opening and a zenithal opening, both looking towards the same point, as if it were two eyes looking through the same lock at the same time, in turn, the entire window is tucked in and protected. from the southern sun and shades itself.

Built on a plot of land longer than it is wide, the house opens onto patios and terraces, all spaces always facing a contained and isolated exterior. The patio has the goodness of being private and quiet, but without losing its condition of exteriority, these are its contemplation spaces par excellence, their condition makes them places capable of being enjoyed from an interior space as if they were outside.

The constant of patios and exteriors intensifies when their qualities fall on texture, color and vegetation. Its interiors devoid of color and texture play the role of blank canvases. The atmosphere of the house comes from the colors, between the pink of the patios that bounces and enters the house, and the direct yellow overhead light that combines with the pink and averages the tones on these neutral surfaces. Resulting in the appearance of a soft warm atmosphere, changing depending on the natural light and the passage of the day. These tones are modulated by small blue windows that intensify the color variants and complement the warm tones.

The two double heights intertwine and connect the entire house. When entering it and looking up, the gaze is lost and the house is prolonged, the sensation of narrowness is cushioned and its condition finds freshness as a result of this spatial quality. Text description by the architects.

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Photography by: César Béjar Studio
Area: 330 m²