lucía villers, in collaboration with abelardo villers, has completed residential project ‘triada’, that includes three small houses, situated within the mountainous city of guanajuato in mexico. the terraced houses are staggered following the 30% slope of the site , with each one showcasing different characteristics and qualities, due to their uneven positioning.
all images courtesy of lucía villers
the houses designed by lucía villers and abelardo villers, are all placed on different levels of the sloping site, with a staircase used as the centerpiece between the generated spaces that overlap each other. despite being relatively small in size, the staggered arrangement results in separate isolated living spaces, while providing more privacy and avoiding corridors. a residence with these dimensions is a new typology in the city, which the studio tried to smoothly integrate, using the construction knowledge about the local area and the available regional materials.
the exteriors are made of simple coloured plasters and green stone as every building in the city. on the other hand, the interiors feature plain walls, wooden floors and windows and doors made by a local blacksmith workshop. each house includes living spaces to eat, sleep, wash, rest, as well as terraces and storage, all oh which are developed on different levels.
these rooms provide the opportunity for life to unfold in different ways. the terrace can be used as a resting place or an area where one can play fetch with the dog. the garage can serve as a storage room or a carpentry workshop. the study is the main living room of the house or it can be converted into a second room if necessary. the dining room can be a workplace or a space for social gathering and parties.
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom
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