In Jalisco, Tha Amacueca House, designed by Mexican architecture firm COA arquitectura and Departamento de Arquitectura, is a family weekend house planned to become a retirement home when the time comes. The house is located around coffee plantations and inside a walnut tree garden, taking advantage of the landscape view and immersing the structure into nature.
Amacueca House Technical Information
- Architects: COA arquitectura | Departamento de Arquitectura
- Lead Architects1: Franciso Gutiérrez Peregrina and Jorge Rivera Gutiérrez
- Location: Amacueca, Jalisco, Mexico
- Topics: Mexican Houses, Courtyards / Patios, Circle Series
- Area: 415 m2
- Project Year: 2013 – 2015
- Photographs: © Onnis Luque, © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
The gabled roof marked by the outline of the radial wooden armor generates a twilight zone evoking a cabin, providing a generous spatiality to the interior.
– COA Architects
AMACUECA HOUSE Photographs
Text by the Architects
A single floor plan, where the social area is directly linked to the main bedroom and two guestrooms, forms the house program.
To create a connection and interaction with the orchard and exteriors, the location of openings is important.
The project was designed around a living central courtyard, organizing spaces concentrically to it. The elliptical tracing, coupled with setbacks and extensions, allows the pieces to connect, preserve existing trees, and open visuals and light entrances.
Local stone is used for the exterior walls to integrate the house and create a harmony with the preexisting landscape; on the other hand, black concrete blocks are used on interiors to divide spaces and confine the patio.
The interior garden, a piece of the tamed orchard, a controlled interior, a place that becomes a “from” and a “towards” at the same time.
Around it, we created a promenade framed by the columns’ rhythm, which also serves to support the wooden frames that structure the roof. Besides, concrete elements are located as grafts in the supporting walls as elements that limit, support, and confine enclosure elements, windows, and alcoves.
The gabled roof marked by the radial wooden armor’s outline generates a twilight zone evoking a cabin, providing a generous spatiality to the interior. At its lowest point, it directs to the interior garden, a piece of the tamed orchard, a controlled interior, a place that becomes a “from” and a “towards” at the same time.
Amacueca House Plans
Amacueca House Image Gallery
About COA arquitectura
CoA is a Mexican architecture firm based in Guadalajara. The studio approaches architecture as a craft connected to tradition and works in constant experimentation with materials and construction techniques.
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About Departamento de Arquitectura
Departamento de Arquitectura is a Mexican Architecture firm lead by Jorge Rivera Gutiérrez. The studio was founded in 2010, and it is based in Guadalajara.
- Design Team: Diana Quiroz Chávez, Alberto Avilés, Saraí Chávez, Andrea Romero, Mariana Murguía
- Structural Engineers: Ing. Ulises Vázquez, Ing. CEROMOTION Juan Jesús Aguirre