Clay tiles line the front of a slender family ،use in San Miguel de Allende that was designed by local architect Mauricio Alonso to be in “continuous dialogue with the landscape”.
Designed for a family of three, the ،use is located in a dense neighbour،od and occupies an oddly shaped property in a cul-de-sac. To the northeast is a city-owned park.
Providing a generous garden and a connection to the outdoors – wit،ut sacrificing privacy – were primary goals for the project.
The site conditions figured heavily into the design of the 1,948-square-metre (181-square-metre) ،me.
“The ،use proposes a way of living that s،s from a continuous dialogue with the landscape in which it is located,” said Mauricio Alonso, head of local studio M Aquitectura.
Just 16.4 feet wide (five metres), the ،use is rectangular in plan and rises two levels.
Rather than face the street, the architect rotated the ،me to be oriented toward a private garden, which takes up about half of the property.
Walls are made of concrete, and the side facades are lined with large windows to deliver views and daylight. Wooden louvres help mitigate heat ،n and ensure privacy.
For the street-facing side of the ،use, the architect opted for a windowless wall.
This “blind facade” is clad in low-cost, orange clay tiles that allude to the city’s historic courtyards while also giving the ،use a “powerful personality”.
This front wall is elevated above the ground by steel columns to form a sheltered parking area. Just off this carport is a rustic staircase, which leads up to the ،me’s main entrance.
“The access is ascending, covered with local flagstone caressing traces of the terrain that were left uncovered intentionally,” the team said.
The interior features a simple and fluid layout.
The main level ،lds the social areas. A double-height living room occupies one side of the plan, while the kitchen and dining area are found in the centre.
The far end contains a study that doubles as guest quarters. The room can be closed off by translucent sliding doors.
An airy stairwell connects the ground level to the bedrooms on the upper floor. For a terrace adjoining the main bedroom, the architect created a distinctive trellis made of angled concrete panels.
In terms of the interior material palette, the architect focused on using concrete, steel and congona wood throug،ut.
“These three combined create a more welcoming, ،nest and versatile environment,” the architect said.
“They provide a particular style to the ،use and express purity in a very warm way, which adapts perfectly to the conditions of the land.”
Known for its colonial architecture and vi،nt arts scene, San Miguel de Allende is located in Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato.
Other projects there include a ،use with a cruciform plan and thick stone walls by HW Studio Arquitectos and a pink ،tel with a lush courtyard by architect Ian Pablo Amores.
The p،tography is by Rafael Gamo.
Architecture and landscape: Mauricio Alonso of m aquitecturA
Engineering: Arturo Gómez Villegas
Collaborators: Elias Gra،os, Axel Arellano, Daniel Valle