t3arc: casa la semilla/ the seed t3arc: casa la semilla/ the seed
jun 27, 2011

t3arc: casa la semilla/ the seed

‘casa la semilla/ the seed’ by t3arc, jiutepec morelos, mexico images © luis gordoa

mexican studio t3arc has created ‘casa la semilla/ the seed’, a private home in jiutepec morelos, mexico. sited in the vast terrain, the design was informed by both the landscape and the desire of the owners to remain in constant and free contact with the surrounding environment.

north elevation

envisioned as a simple, open form, the residence takes advantage of the encircling forest, its linear concrete shell framing the lush and vegetative surroundings. while the structure is relatively compact, the lack of traditional walls and enclosures generates an imperceptible volume that appears to continuously expand into the distance.


protected by a cluster of trees, the home benefits from natural light, cross ventilation and shade. on the north

side an exposed wooden deck extends over a pond that retrieves clear water for the rest of the garden irrigation.

a large deck extends over a pond further immersing the home into nature

hosted on one floor,  the residence features two bedrooms, an open kitchen, living and dining room and

retractable glass walls.

detail of concrete structure

interior at night

view from bedroom towards front of house

house at night

outdoor lights create a dramatic effect at night

site plan

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

  • I wonder how they solved the problem of bugs in there… must be a nightmare

    john ascienza says:
  • …like the lighting detail. someone forgot to chase the wires in….

    kieron stott says:
  • Like the idea. I would think with a cement ceiling and glass exterior all the lighting would come from the interior walls and floors. Day lighting would eliminate much of artificial light needed.

    garagecat says:
  • Yeah, I thought of mosquitoes the moment I saw the pond… but its lovely, surreal, & mysterious at night- as long as there is no one else within a one mile radius to peer in, unseen, from the darkness.

    harriethesatation says:
  • I’d also worry about hurricanes with all that glass. Some sort of metal panel that attached to roof and deck?

    DetailBear says:
  • Good minimalist design! but as the previous posts suggest : no previously thoughtout electrical wiring during slab casting, protection against natural calamities/burglary etc. Some privacy could have been assigned to the private zones.

    subhankar.n says:

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