cadaval & solà morales constructs angular stone house in rural mexico
 

cadaval & solà morales constructs angular stone house in rural mexico

in response to the lush surrounding vegetation, comfortable annual temperatures and the presence of two neighboring mountains, cadaval & solà-morales has constructed a private residence named ‘MA house’ on the outskirts of tepoztlán, mexico.

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the defining feature of the monolithic dwelling is its construction material: stone. the decision from cadaval & solà-morales came from the fact that stone exists on site, and can be sourced locally. additionally, the need for little maintenance and its low cost were further reasons MA house has resulted in its size and material expression. meanwhile, the large and sunny site influenced the planning of the light-filled internal spaces. each side is open to the landscape in some way, and a patio cuts through the center of the dwelling to serve as a pathway through from the front to the rear. this ‘crack’ defines the central circulation.

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a distinctive feature of the property is its circulation that takes place on the outer perimeter. this has led to a succession of spaces with different uses that define the outer limit, a generic geometrical square. planned as three pavilions unified by a unique roof, this generates the two covered patios. the canopy is continuous, and rests on top of the structural stone walls.

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the main communal space features a full glass frontage facing the mountains

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another bedroom has been placed on the mezzanine level

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the project includes a sequence of open and enclosed spaces

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the expansive house provides ample space for lounging and resting

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the use of stone and concrete is continued internally

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the open terrace is a breezy spot for residents to sit and enjoy the landscape

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the stone was sourced locally from the surrounding area

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the definition of a central and open patio, is a void that defines the home’s access

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the home is located 60 kilometers from mexico city

 

 

project info:

 

office: cadaval & solà-morales
project: eduardo cadaval & clara solà-morales
collaborators: eduardo alegre, orsi maza, alexandra coppieters
interior design: martha perez
landscape design: martha perez
structural engineering: ricardo camacho de la fuente
location: tepoztlán, morelos, méxico
area: 300 sqm
date: 2013 – 2016

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