Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos offers an exploration of introspective architecture

Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos offers an exploration of introspective architecture

21 Jan 2022 News

An exploration of introspective architecture, Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos is located within a closed subdivision in the city of La Piedad Michoacán.  

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The site, measuring 10m wide x 35m deep, has the same elongated dimensions as the Gilardi house by the famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The Gilardi house has a large ‘Jacaranda’ tree at its centre around which two main volumes of the house are organized. From this precedent, the architects determined the new house should also feature a central patio as a spatial articulator. 

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Another important element was the client’s desire for a basement that makes the best use of the surrounding terrain. With a descending slope of 3 meters towards the bottom, the architects developed the project section to integrate a central courtyard that articulates the longitudinal direction but also has a backyard that allows wind and space to circulate freely around the house. 

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On the ground floor, the central patio delineates public and private areas. To the front are living-dining-kitchen spaces while bedroom areas are located to the rear. A double-height screen wall is included to provide privacy to the kitchen and dining room while still allowing an opening that generates a connection with the exterior. 

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The walls of the central patio extend upward from the basement to a second level. The volume contains two ‘rosewood’ trees that in time will fill the white void with their colour, inviting the inhabitants to reflect and contemplate nature. 

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