Completed by DOSA STUDIO in 2022, the Tepoztlán House is more than a mere structure; it is a tangible manifestation of the mystical identity deeply ingrained in its quaint town setting, known for traditional adobe and volcanic rock structures, nestled amidst towering hills. The structure harmoniously integrates with the landscape, utilizing regional constructive systems and beautifully reflecting the town’s history and natural environment.
The design captivates with its hourglass shape and meaningful spatial relationships, channeling the distinctive energy of the site. Attention is drawn to the impressive stone front facade opening towards an age-old Amate tree, the seamless fusion of interior and exterior spaces, and a contemplative skyward connection through a central round aperture. With an enchanting play of light within its confines and the charm of its surrounding garden that seems to blur into the hills, the narrative unveils an intimate exploration of a house that is one with Tepoztlán’s ethereal mystique.
Tepoztlán House Technical Information
- Architects1-3: DOSA STUDIO
- Location: Tepoztlan, Mexico
- Topics: Mexican Houses
- Project Year: 2022
- Photographs: © Fabian Martínez
The house was designed with the reflection of the site’s identity as the main concept. The landscape blends with the materials, using the region’s vernacular constructive systems.– DOSA STUDIO Architects
Tepoztlán House Photographs
Blending Architecture with Tepoztlán’s Mystic Landscape
Nestled amid towering hills, Tepoztlán, a traditional town crafted from adobe and volcanic rock, possesses a mystic character shaped by its rich history and natural surroundings. The design of a house in this area has been meticulously conceived to echo the unique identity of the site. The landscape synergizes with the construction materials, leveraging the region’s vernacular architectural styles.
Adopting an hourglass-like shape, the house resonates with its context through two interconnected chambers that frame the surrounding views. An open space, maintained unenclosed most of the time, channels the site’s distinctive energy.
The house’s front facade, characterized by imposing stone walls, opens towards a venerable Amate tree, which appears almost eager to extend its reach into the house. The entrance melds seamlessly with the inner hall upon opening the wooden mullions, resulting in a spacious vestibule that harmoniously unites the interior and exterior spaces.
At the heart of the house, a round aperture has been fashioned between the slabs of the main hall. This opening, set above a reflecting pool, forges a connection with the sky and serves as a contemplative element, while symbolically representing the passage of time. A steady stream of light penetrates the interior, creating a dynamic light show as it shifts with the progression of the day.
The surrounding garden, a tapestry of diverse vegetation layers, extends towards the hills. It softly obscures the boundaries of the property, imbuing the premises with an aura of boundless expanse.
Tepoztlán House Plans
Tepoztlán House Image Gallery
About DOSA STUDIO
Established in 2014 by Raúl Medina and Sergio Sousa, DOSA STUDIO operates as a collaborative architectural hub from its bases in Mexico City and Los Angeles. The studio is committed to sculpting spaces that instigate positive social transformation in line with contemporary contexts. DOSA STUDIO’s ethos is deeply rooted in social commitment, striving to produce architecture that speaks to a broad audience. This approach cultivates a vibrant “architect-user” relationship that encourages close collaboration and fosters a sense of community in the development process.
- Architects: Raúl Medina, Sergio Sousa
- Collaborators: Paola Monreal, Marcela Segovia, Sandra Ocampo, Abraham Servin. Guillermina Gocher
- Suppliers: Rokam