Completed in 1995, the Satellite House Complex is a masterpiece of organic architecture designed by the Mexican architect Javier Senosiain. This stunning complex has earned its reputation as one of the best examples of Mexican organic architecture, characterized by the use of natural forms, materials, and colors. Senosiain’s design philosophy, influenced by architects such as Gaudí, Hundertwasser, and Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks to promote harmony between human habitat and the natural world.
In addition to these renowned architects, Senosiain is also inspired by Mexican experimental Modernists like Félix Candela and Juan O’Gorman, who share his belief in creating a symbiosis between architecture and nature. This inspiration is evident in the Satellite House Complex, designed to seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape, using natural materials such as clay, wood, and stone.
The complex comprises several living spaces, including apartments, studios, and a chapel, each with its own unique design and layout. Using curved forms and vibrant colors creates an organic and dynamic living space that enhances the occupants’ well-being and connection with nature.
Satellite House Complex Technical Information
- Architects: Javier Senosiain
- Location: State of Mexico, Mexico
- Topics: Organic Architecture, Color Architecture
- Type: Houses
- Project Year: 1995
- Photographs: © Javier Senosiain Architects, arquitecturaorganica.com
Before we’re born, we’re floating in our mother’s belly, like astronauts in space or a permanent Jacuzzi, but then we’re pushed into a box, a crib, and we move from one box to another throughout our lives — playpens, bedrooms, square houses — until we die and are put in another box. We make life for children very square, killing off liberty, spontaneity, and creativity. My designs want to go against this rule of life.1– Javier Senosiain
Satellite House Complex Photographs
The Unique Beauty and Philosophy Behind the Satellite House Complex
The Satellite House Complex by Javier Senosiain is a unique architectural masterpiece consisting of four houses in Ciudad Satélite, a suburban area on the outskirts of Mexico City. The design of the complex takes advantage of the natural inclination of the lot, which rises approximately 1.5 meters above street level, by partially burying the units.
Approaching the complex, visitors are greeted by an undulating façade resembling two eagles with outspread wings, creating an eye-catching entrance that envelops the four pedestrian entrances.
What sets the Satellite House Complex apart from other architectural marvels is Senosiain’s commitment to green architecture and his belief that it should not only be about engineering and efficiency but also spatial sensibility. His philosophy is reflected in every aspect of the complex, from the use of natural materials such as clay, stone, and wood, to the incorporation of natural light and ventilation throughout the living spaces.
In addition to its environmentally conscious design, the complex is also a playful and joyful living space, as evidenced by Senosiain’s belief that architecture should always be fun. The use of curved forms, vibrant colors, and unique spatial configurations creates an organic and dynamic living experience that enhances the occupants’ well-being and connection with nature.
I think green architecture cannot only be about technique or engineering or efficiency. There also needs to be spatial sensibility. Architecture should always be fun.1– Javier Senosiain
The Satellite House Complex is not just a building but a reflection of Senosiain’s passion for creating architecture that promotes harmony between human habitat and the natural world. It is a testament to his design philosophy and continues to inspire and awe visitors from around the world.
Satellite House Complex Plans
© Javier Senosiain
Satellite House Complex Image Gallery
About Javier Senosiain
Javier Senosiain is a Mexican architect, professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the Department of Architecture, and author of the book “Bio-Architecture.” He is best known for his unique and organic approach to architecture, which he calls “bio-architecture.” Senosiain is heavily influenced by the works of other renowned architects such as Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Antoni Gaudí, and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as Mexican experimental Modernists like Félix Candela and Juan O’Gorman. His architecture reflects his impressions of the colorful world of Mexican art. It incorporates aesthetic aspects of animal and human form attributes into his designs, resulting in widely varied extraordinary buildings.
Senosiain’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally conscious architecture is evident in his designs. He believes architecture should promote harmony between human habitat and the natural world, incorporating natural materials, light, and ventilation into his structures. His most famous work, the Satellite House Complex in Mexico, is a masterpiece of green architecture that showcases his philosophy and commitment to creating joyful, playful, and environmentally conscious living spaces.
Other works from Javier Senosiain
- Javier Senosian interview with Mario Ballesteros for Pin-Up No.20, Spring-Summer 2016.
- BIOARQUITECTURA 3 by Javier Senosiain