Casa Hilo

Casa Hilo

Architect
Zeller & Moye
Location
Apan, Hidalgo, Mexico
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
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Casa Hilo

Zeller & Moye as Architects

Casa Hilo is a housing prototype for living in rural conditions with warm climate. Based on modules, the house takes form from a single box that can be multiplied and arranged freely according to the site, budget and needs of each family. The modularsystem allows for single-story as well as multi-story arrangements and thus for flexibility for future family extension.


Other than typical houses where all rooms are under one roof, here each room is arranged as a separate space with a front door and a roofed terrace. Playfully connected together, the rooms create a house that is interwoven with the landscapewhere each room is accessed off the surrounding garden instead of through a traditional corridor space. The open spacesbetween the rooms form green patios and niches that become vital elements of the house. The house garden is as important forthe daily activities within Casa Hilo as the rooms themselves.


The adaptable housing scheme is based on the analysis of the traditions and the current living conditions of Mexican locals ofthe countryside, translating them into a contemporary form. Indoor and outdoor areas together make for one home with itsrooms expanding onto terraces and open garden areas, allowing the residents to benefit from the refreshing microclimate thatthe plants provide even during peak temperatures.


Traditional elements that are typically found within a garden of a ruralhouse such as an outdoor tub, a wood fire stove and a dining table are reintroduced in the form of modern elements within thegarden allowing the inhabitants to use the house as they are used to in traditional houses. Roofed terraces to the street allowfor social interaction and offer the possibility of commercial activities.The base arrangement of Casa Hilo comprises two bedrooms, one kitchen/dining room, and a bathroom. Additionally, outdoorelements within the garden such as a cooking pit, a tub, and table and benches complete the house.


All windows and doors are made of a bamboo lattice structure that allows for a constant modest air circulation within therooms. The panels can open gradually to control privacy and natural ventilation as well as provide shading to the gardenareas when folded outwards. The concrete frame structure is resistant against earthquakes. Adobe blocks that weremanufactured on site by locals form the solid walls as infills to the concrete framework. The adobe provides a natural climatebuffer by absorbing excess humidity and cool the interior with its thermal mass during the day, making Casa Hilo a sustainableexample for rural architecture.


Material Used:

1. Reinforced Concrete Frame And Slabs

2. Custom-Made Adobe Blocks As Wall Infills

3. Custom-Made Bamboo Shutters & Doors.

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