This project emerges for a communal housing functioning since 1980, in which 13 houses share and coexist within a 12,500 sqm ground located in Cuernavaca, a city known for its privileged weather, leafy panorama and fertile land.
Our project is inserted at the core of the ground as a place where people seek to coexist in harmony between each other and with nature. Trees over 100 years old habit in this piece of ground because it used to be a vivarium before being converted to communal housing in the early 80´s.
The design strategy seeks to blur the limits between the inside and outside. Long concrete roofs overlay over open spaces, daring gravity, to provide cover but not confinement. The inside spaces have clear glass facades from side to side which lets users enjoy the lucky nature while being inside. The structure conserves apparent concrete slabs that will age proudly in consonance with nature and steel pillar grids that made possible our design principle of limpid spaces.
The building was carefully designed to insert in the ground subtly, with a foundation that connects it strongly to the ground but ends subtly in cantilivered platforms that hover over the ground and grass and let growth of vegetation which over the years will cause the perception that the building hovers over leafs.
Our architecture identifies with its site and the small community that brought it to reality.
Jaime Micha Balas en colaboración con Concepto Taller de Arquitectura.