A weekend house raised around voids, Casa La Quinta

Casa La Quinta is a relaxed home located in the town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojos designed it this year as a weekend house.

 

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Designed for a retired couple as a getaway in central Mexico, ‘ Casa La Quinta ’ has been planed from comfort and relaxation. The distribution in the ground floor plan grows from this idea, leaving the social space without divisions and boundaries from the outdoor space. The 350-square-meter home has been arranged around three internal courtyards that offer a different view to the more traditional landscape.

 

The voids in Casa La Quinta give the project its character, a contrast of light and shadows, spaces of silence and rest”

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After visiting the site and considering the requirements of the program, the conclusion was to respect the identity of the place, built context and the importance of the height of the neighboring preexistent walls. These were last taken and conceived as limits that would define the empty space between them.

The high walls that enclose both the property and the patios provide a calm ambiance and allow privacy from tall neighboring properties.

 

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Having a scheme that works inwards all the restrictions and having no nearby views to the landscape, 3 void spaces were proposed in the plan in the form of patios, each one with different character, use and program.

“These voids give the project its character, producing a different perception of scale to the user, a high contrast of light and shadows, spaces of silence and rest,” explain the architects in a statement about the project.

 

 

The largest of the patios sits at the center, and features a swimming pool with decking and hammock, the second largest features a garden, and the smallest a place for relaxation.

 

The single storey home blurs boundaries between inside and outside, creating what the architects call a “social space without divisions and boundaries”.

 

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Photographies from Rafael Gamo

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