Amidst the lush landscape of Camino a San Gabriel, Jalisco, the Glass House designed by COA arquitectura stands as an architectural testament to the poetic harmony of structure and nature. With its modest area of 26 m2, the pavilion offers a powerful message about the essence of space.
Glass House Technical Information
- Architects1-4: COA arquitectura
- Location: Camino a San Gabriel, Jalisco, Mexico
- Topics: Hubs
- Area: 26 m2
- Project Year: 2021
- Photographs: © César Béjar Studio
A glasshouse, a shelter, a place to look after, a place to await, to be aware of the passage of time; to harvest.
– COA Architects
Glass House Photographs
The Glass House: Beyond Architecture, A Dance of Symmetry and Nature
Upon stepping inside, visitors are immediately drawn to the symmetrical design elements that define the space. On one side stands a table and directly opposite, a shelf designed for germination. The deliberate choice of symmetry is not just an aesthetic decision but also a subtle nod to the balanced relationship between the built environment and the natural world.
The gravel floor sets the foundation for exposed concrete beds, meticulously crafted to hold substrate and a variety of plants. The entirety of this serene space is bound together by a reticular metal frame. As sunlight filters through the metal and glass panels that envelop the house, it creates a mesmerizing dance of shadows and light.
However, labeling the Glass House as merely a greenhouse would be an oversimplification. Beyond facilitating the growth of plants by achieving the right climatic conditions, the Glass House is an embodiment of a concept. With its system built on just three core materials, it presents itself as a prototype — a structure that seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings while nurturing it from within.
It’s more than just a place for plants; it’s a sanctuary. A shelter that beckons individuals to care, to patiently wait, to introspect, and to be deeply cognizant of the ever-evolving dance of time. It is here that one can truly experience the joy of harvesting — not just in the literal sense but also harvesting moments of tranquillity and reflection.
The Glass House by COA arquitectura is more than just architecture; it’s a philosophy. A reminder of the delicate balance between man, nature, and built space. It serves as an inspiration for architects and enthusiasts alike, showing that the true essence of architecture lies in its ability to resonate with its surroundings and its occupants.
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About COA arquitectura
COA arquitectura is a Mexico-based architectural firm renowned for its innovative approach to design that harmonizes built environments with their natural and urban contexts. Led by Arq. Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina, the firm specializes in a wide range of projects, from residential to commercial, each embodying a unique blend of form and function.
Notes & Additional Credits
- Principal: Arq. Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
- Construction: Fabrica
- Collaborators: Taller Limón, Mtro. Román Valencia
- Structural Engineer: CEROMOTION, Ing. Juan Jesús Aguirre