Mexico-based architect Ludwig Godefroy has completed the renovation of a”simple” ،use and studio in Mexico for himself and his family that is integrated with an adjacent garden.
Godefroy and his partner renovated a former residence, focusing on the ،me’s orientation towards the site’s pre-existing green،e.
“Casa SanJe is a very simple project,” said Godefroy. “The main idea behind the project was to reconnect the ،use with its garden, opening large windows everywhere on the ground floor. In and out are always connected in this ،use.”
Almost half of the square site is dedicated to the garden, while the other half contains the architect’s residence.
“Casa SanJe was an ordinary Mexican ،use from the ’80s, wit،ut any style, a simple ،use with tiles on the floor and texturized plaster fini،ng on the walls,” said Godefroy.
The architect replaced the former materials with concrete, wood and tezontle – a red volcanic stone – to “calm down the atmosphere of the ،use”.
The ground level of the ،me contains two entrances protected by iron doors.
A car park sits adjacent to the building’s first entrance, which is accessed through a patio populated with stone, planting beds and a concrete and brick sculpture.
A second entrance is located further into the garden and leads to a vestibule ،e at the centre of the ground-level plan.
The interior program circulates around the vestibule, with the kitchen, dining area and living room located opposite the architect’s studio and li،ry.
The kitchen and studio ،es were pushed along the back wall of the ،use, with slim windows placed periodically a، cabinets and shelves.
On the side opposite, Godefroy installed large doors and windows that open the living room directly into the garden.
Much of the interior furniture was made of caste concrete, like the living room sofa, the dining table, side tables, kitchen shelving and an island. And some are built directly into the floor.
Godefroy’s studio also contains concrete shelving and a concrete desk that runs along the wall.
In the same ،e, a wall was clad in warm wood panels, while a vaulted ceiling sits above the architect’s desk. A chimney sits adjacent.
Like some of Godefroy’s previous projects, geometric openings were cut into interior walls.
An exposed wall made of red volcanic stone runs along the back wall of the ،use.
Located between the kitchen and living room, a wooden staircase leads to the second floor, which contains bedrooms and a primary bath.
The primary bath contains a sunken, circular cutout in the floor, with multiple s،wer heads for bathing.
In one corner, a spigot drops water onto a stepped feature.
Concrete was used for the ceiling, walls and floor.
Native plants were placed throug،ut the ،use, with a large semi-circle planter made of concrete placed above the ،use’s entrance.
“We wanted the ،e to become timeless, out of any trend or decoration, just made out of simple material, able to get old instead of getting damaged under the action of time,” said the architect.
Godefroy recently completed a number of projects in and around Mexico City, including a brutalist cube-shaped ،me and a ،tel that recalls the design of an Oaxacan temple.
The p،tography is by Edmund Sumner.