agraz arquitectos: house X agraz arquitectos: house X
aug 15, 2012

agraz arquitectos: house X

‘house X’ by agraz arquitectos, jalisco, mexico image © mito covarrubias all images courtesy of agraz arquitectos

mexican practice agraz arquitectos have recently finished ‘house X’ marking their ten year anniversary, and is situated on a corner site, next door to a previously built project which created the opportunity to respond to a dialogue established by the neighboring dwelling. orthogonal slabs of concrete sit parallel and perpendicular to each other, at times exposed as the raw material and at others veneered in white plaster. the proximity and relationships of the planes form a series of dynamic spaces through a play of solids and voids, while thin slats punctuate the overall formal expression and allow light to seep inside. natural stone masses and metal lattice work add texture and layers of transparency to the material palette.

the garage and services are placed below grade to hide automobiles from public view, with a bright linear staircase connecting all three levels along one axis. the ground floor is divided between the exterior patio and backyard, and the living room, dining, kitchen, study, bathroom and the entrance vestibule. retractable glass panes connect the core of the residence to the outdoor area. the upstairs is delegated to a three bedrooms and two bathrooms. polished marble panels tile the floors with warm wood fixtures and wall elements breaking up the otherwise hard surfaces.

exterior image © mito covarrubias

street-side elevation image © mito covarrubias

approach image © mito covarrubias

entrance to the garage image © mito covarrubias

patio image © mito covarrubias

living room image © mito covarrubias

staircase image © mito covarrubias

main staircase image © mito covarrubias

bathroom image © mito covarrubias

dining room image © mito covarrubias

kitchen and dining room image © mito covarrubias

bathroom image © mito covarrubias

bathroom sink image © mito covarrubias


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  • Amazing and a great desing both in and out ,just love it!
    Great job and very nice materials.

    TATTOO-LY says:
  • amazing

    girish aithal bangalore says:
  • It is cold with out more of the human touch of art and craft
    the feathering of ones nest
    thank you

    Paedra says:
  • Paedra, I beg to differ

    spectacular structure, extremely livable and refined

    I wouldn\’t change a thing

    dbkii says:
  • If I asked a group of architects to compete for the design a place, in which relatives of recently passed family members might congregate, and remember and celebrate those lives…and life in general, this entry must surely be considered for first place.

    Chaszr says:
  • Brilliant work. Will warm up once owners “feather their nest”. Great materiality. Pleasing visually. Love modern, especially mexican international style version of it. Nice to have limitless cost controls.

    mArkW says:
  • Well I’m a bit of a buyest on this type of design.Just love the concept of rectangles,squares,and circles in architecture,specially if they are mounted on or with each other in a well balance manner.
    A sculpture embracing it’s own space!

    TATTOO-LY says:

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