ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest

Casa Alferez by Ludwig Godefroy

 

Peeking through the lush Mexican forest, Ludwig Godefroy’s Casa Alferez emerges as a concrete residence with an imposing protective character. The monolithic holiday house stands in contrast to its natural surroundings, establishing its powerful presence and functional brutalism. The eye-catching exterior integrates angled concrete slabs, projecting windows, and slender openings that create striking visual effects inside the house. The interiors exhibit a distinct sculptural character, with raw materials and finishes that nonetheless create a comfortable living environment.

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
Casa Alferez emerges as a concrete residence with an imposing presence | all images courtesy of Rory Gardiner

 

 

mysterious, closed-off exterior transforms into playful interior

 

Casa Alferez is located deep in the heart of the forest, secluded from other buildings. Ludwig Godefroy (find more here) has created a design with an austere, introverted character. The robust concrete walls and limited openings in the upper part of the structure create a mysterious atmosphere around the residence.

 

To break the seriousness of the exterior, the interior shows a playful character with an open layout and multiple levels. Columns, slabs, platforms and skylights invite residents to explore the space and open up a variety of possibilities within the living environment. The transparency of the design ensures that occupants can maintain visual contact in all rooms and at all times. Protrusions on the concrete walls are repurposed into furniture such as tables and beds, creating a seamless character within the home. A recessed landing with a sofa becomes the central lounge area in the living room. Wood finishes complete the material and texture palette of the overall rough interior, giving it a cozy feel.

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
the monolithic holiday house stands in contrast to its natural surroundings

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
the exterior integrates angled concrete slabs, projecting windows, and slender openings

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
an angled concrete slab signifies the entrance to the residence

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
the residence presents a mysterious protective character

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
the main entrance of Casa Alferez

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
protruded windows and small openings break off the robustness of the exterior

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
the interior shows a playful character with an open layout and multiple levels

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
a recessed landing with a sofa becomes the central lounge area in the living room

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the transparency of the design ensures that occupants can maintain visual contact at all times

ludwig godefroy perches mysterious monolithic residence in lush mexican forest
wood finishes complete the material and texture palette of the concrete residence

 

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project info: 

 

name: Casa Alferez
architect: Ludwig Godefroy
location: Alferez, Mexico

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