omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete

Casa Mixquiahuala by omar vergara completes in mexico

 

Exploring the confines of urban reality, Casa Mixquiahuala by architect Omar Vergara emerges as a concrete haven for a young couple who, faced with the economic and social challenges of Mexico City, found their longed-for home outside of this context. Vergara combined the wife’s musical passion and the husband’s love of reading, meticulously reflecting these interests in every detail of the spaces created. Surrounded by a xeric and arid landscape, the house comes to life through its patios, designed as specific settings for reading, writing, and reflection, which act as extensions of the couple’s personal history.

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
all images © César Belio | @cesarbelio

 

 

concrete haven connected by interior and exterior patios

 

At the core of Casa Mixquiahuala is the main hallway, an architectural artery that connects each corner with the interior and exterior patios. Privacy becomes a pillar, but not at the expense of light. The overhead light becomes an intimate resource in spaces such as the bathtub and the living room, where inspiration is found in the darkness. Structure-wise, the single-level construction by Omar Vergara (see more here) is erected with an amalgam of elements: concrete structures, joists, and vault slabs, as well as flattened concrete block walls with locally obtained pigments. This approach not only accentuates the choice of a warm color palette but also fits a modest budget without sacrificing functionality.

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
Casa Mixquiahuala by Omar Vergara

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
exterior patios for writing, reading, and reflections

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
flattened concrete block walls

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
kitchen area

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omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
privacy becomes a pillar, but not at the expense of light

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
the house combines the wife’s musical passion and the husband’s love of reading,

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omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
Casa Mixquiahuala explores the confines of urban reality

omar vergara's casa mixquiahuala emerges in mexico as a maze of warm-toned concrete
the overhead light becomes an intimate resource in spaces such as the bathtub

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project info:

 

name: Casa Mixquiahuala

location: Hidalgo, Mexico 

architect: Omar Vergara | @omar_vergara_taller

design team: Omar Vergara, Irene Martín, Alejandro García, Uriel Herrera, Sebastián Morales

technical consultants: Francisco Méndez, Julio Hernández 

completion date: 2023 

built area: 315 sqm 

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