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issue 45 - August/September 2018
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2018
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HERITAGE AND STYLE

A Home Pays Tribute to Culture and the Land

The Casa TEC 205 is located very close to the Chipinque ecological park in Monterrey, Mexico. The home sits in an urban landscape dominated by the Sierra Madre. Amazingly, the house was the first prize in a raffle organized every year by the Technological University of Monterrey to raise funds for its students.

The overall design was created to preserve four large extant trees that were on the site. Now embedded in the house, the trees characterize the spaces they inhabit. The main interior spaces enjoy direct connections to their own corresponding outdoor spaces, each associated with a different landscape, a unique character and quality of light.

In order to gather these outdoor spaces into the project, a series of large wall planes that intersect in the house's center project into the surrounding outdoor space, moving continuously between the interior and the exterior of the house. This constructivist assembly allows the walls to be read as independent, plastic elements, effectively blurring the distinction between inside and outside.

The team from Moneo Brock Studio always admired the use of color in Mexico, from its vernacular architecture to that of the masters Luis Barragán and Ricardo Legorreta; the designers applied strong colors to the walls in recognition and homage to this great heritage. Because the land slopes steeply down from the entry level the team was able to invert the conventional arrangement, placing the bedroom floor below the entry floor instead of above. The bedrooms take advantage of the earth's thermal mass, bringing natural freshness to the house and lowering cooling loads during the summer months.

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