Completed by David Pedroza Castañeda architects in 2013, the Nirigua House is a colossal residence in Mexico covering 8,000 square-feet. Built up in the mountainous woodlands, the home offers spectacular 360º views of the beautiful landscape while simultaneously respecting the existing ecosystem.
To preserve the existing greenery, a floor plan was devised with various different “zones” that group around the old cedar trees. The first zone contains the garage and storage spaces. The entrance hall, master bedroom, and staircase to the lower level are all located in the second volume, and the third features the kitchen and social area. The building material selection also help the building to blend into its surroundings, with copper and stained wood making for a rustic aesthetic.
The client’s brief was to provide a low maintenance contemporary home that utilizes a natural and organic material pallet whilst having a slightly industrial, yet warm feel.
The house accommodates 2 living zones, study, kitchen with butler’s pantry, 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and a separate upstairs living zone. The two levels of the house are accessed by a lift and the house offers a rarity for South Yarra being a generous 2 car off street garage. Outside is an 8 metre pool and north east facing garden, tiled alfresco area for outfoor entertainment and discreet plant and equipment area. The house is orientated around a central courtyard providing northern light into the two living areas and a smaller north courtyard filles the study with a bright landscaped outlook.
Externally the house is largely rendered in a Roman finished render offering a crazed patina look and has a kind of fortress appeal with only one front facing window which is covered by operable louvred screen to protect the bedroom from the harsh afternoon sun. The lower section of the house is largely comprised of floor to ceiling windows and black Zinc cladding conceals the garage.
The villa is the all-year-round base in Finland for a four-person family currently living abroad. The site between cliffs and a fairly steep lakeside beach was chosen during the family’s forest walks. The place overlooks a narrow strait and far out to an open expanse of the lake. In accordance with the site conditions, the building is relatively closed off towards the forest while opening up generously in the direction of the lake.
The house is split by an atrium yard and a covered terrace, on one side of which are small bedrooms and the other more generous living spaces. During the summer the floor layout allows for “complete circulation”. Instead of a separate shoreline sauna building, a sauna was built in connection with the house itself. A covered veranda for cooling off after the sauna separates the sauna from the rest of the building.
Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
Towards the roads and neighboring buildings: a concrete block with few openings. Towards the distant landscape and the golf course: a series of volumes that frame the view towards infinity.
Rusty steel bodies, separated from each other to allow the “natural” to be introduced into the architecture, or to dissolve it between endogenous vegetation, proposing no precise boundary between “built” and the landscape, even if the latter is also man-made.
The same happens in section. The roof of the public spaces is manifested as a continuation of the surrounding vegetation, allowing users the sense of being in an open space beyond the limits of the property.
Photography: Yoshihiro Koitani
The artists over at Pictoplasma academy are producing some pretty amazing stuff.
— Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (via larmoyante)
Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳)