ludens' santa catarina house wraps trees with volcanic stone façade
 
ludens' santa catarina house wraps trees with volcanic stone façade ludens' santa catarina house wraps trees with volcanic stone façade
oct 06, 2014

ludens' santa catarina house wraps trees with volcanic stone façade

ludens’ santa catarina house wraps trees with volanic stone façade
photo © angélica ibarra
all images courtesy of ludens

 

 

 

located in coyoacán, inside santa catarina neighborhood, mexican architecture firm ludens has completed a project proposed to be an introverted and intimate house. the facade was made with local material called red ‘recinto’, which is a volcanic type of stone.

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
corridor connecting the semi-private space, passing behind the concrete block that contains the stairwell
photo © angélica ibarra

 

 

 

the residence remains closed to the exterior, allowing the interior to define the overall aesthetic through its architectural qualities. the volumes and the organization of the space are planned around two huge ash trees. in response, the principal intention is that every area is be able to make its own association with each plant.

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
transverse corridor passing through the glass bridge that connects to the study
photo © angélica ibarra

 

 

 

the first tree is situated on the edge of the terrain along a cobbled street. here, the studio includes an illuminated patio that tops off the space and a concrete cube corresponding to the shower cabin in the bathroom. the second tree is close to the core of the ground and it creates a central courtyard that brightens the rest of the programs. on one side, the concrete stairwell is perforated by window circles in a random way, framing the rigid angles of the trunk. on the other side, the kitchen is completely open in order to take advantage of the enclosed greenery using the vegetation as a place to eat outdoors. above, the second level houses the master bedroom, where fenestration orients scenes towards the verticality of the plant with a squared vein that abstracts its texture. taking advantage of the grandiose wooden cortex inside the main suite, the tub extends slightly on the courtyard, creating a direct window to the leaves and the sky.

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
the floor pattern has been designed by briefcase.cc
photo © angélica ibarra

 

 

 

this is how the dwelling is arranged, in slices that separate one zone from another to allow the existence of the vegetation that obtains light and natural ventilation. this same constructive system emphasizes interstitial spaces, generating a series of concrete partitions where every interior façade produces a courtyard made of brick and timber, giving the house a character where the final result is set by the textures, the smells, the acoustics, and the temperature.

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
view towards the patio shared by the shower cabin
photo © angélica ibarra

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
the main entrance is composed of concrete, steel, and red stone
photo © angélica ibarra

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
wooden kitchen
photo © angélica ibarra

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
stairwell perforated by random window circles
photo © angélica ibarra

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
floor plan

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
elevations

ludens santa catarina house volcanic stone facade mexico
sections

 

 

project info:

 

project: casa santa catarina
typology: private dwelling
design: ludens
collaboration: iván hernández quintela, tiago pinto, anna mieszek, antonio garcía, juan vázquez
location: méxico DF, méxico
surface: 300m2 of terrain, 300m2 of construction
constructor: CIME
year: 2013-2014
photographs: angélica ibarra

 

 

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  • If MEX was safer, we yanks would all move there instead of FL or AZ. Not only a beautiful country but some very nice work, like this, is done at a reasonable cost. The entrance is beautiful.. too bad the tree will die.

    Jim

    jimCan says:
  • The situation in our country has not discouraged us as architects, and we try to make responsible projects. The trees living in the house were part of the project during the construction, and they were in the best condition. No trees were transplanted; they grew there and still will be many more years.

    IbaRo says:

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