Completed in 2022 by Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos, AYG House exemplifies a seamless integration with its lush, verdant surroundings. The design process was centered on respecting and preserving the natural environment, resulting in a harmonious and eco-friendly living space.
AYG House Technical Information
- Architects1-2: Miguel de la Torre mta+v
- Location: Rancho San Juan, Atizapan de Zaragoza, Estado de México, México
- Topics: Mexican Houses
- Area: 1,016 m2
- Project Year: 2022
- Photographs: © Jaime Navarro, © Zaickz Moz
The challenge was to design the building in such a way that it respected the land as much as possible taking advantage of its qualities.– Miguel de la Torre
AYG House Photographs
Text by the Architects
The first time the site was visited, we discovered a property surrounded by vegetation and a variety of huge trees; it was quite impressive. At that moment, we realized that this house needed to be designed considering its natural environment. The challenge was to design the building so that it respected the land as much as possible, taking advantage of its qualities.
The site’s conditions allowed us to develop a house design that was initially only for two people. The owner did not require more than one bedroom nor space for “social coexistence”; however, a couple of additional spaces were added to the program to receive guests outside the house if needed, integrating them into the activities of the house in the public areas, gardens, terraces and porch.
The architectural party is divided into four levels:
- Two bedrooms for guests and the social area that includes two important functions; an open kitchen connected to the living room, dining room, and terrace, with as much open space as possible to create a connection between the house and nature.
- The main bedroom.
- The creative area includes a music studio and a library.
Additionally, a perimeter garden was designed to subtly integrate the house into the natural landscape.
The architectural proposal had to fulfill specific site regulations, like referring to some “typical” materials that seemed more of a limitation than a contribution; however, the house design achieved to maintain a common language with the rest of the complex.
Concrete volumes were resolved with some aspects of the metal structure, which makes its reading very light, the treatment on the fifth façade is a game of textures and functionality that warns at the same time the constructive and functional system and the textualization and color, so we have a range that goes from the traditional tile, till the stone that mitigates the sun to the solar cells that supply the energy to illuminate the exterior of the house and its machine room.
To be concrete, the AYG House is an exercise to simplify the function, the use of the site’s natural resources, and the possibility of camouflaging the construction to maintain as little impact on the site as possible.
AYG House Plans
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About Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos mta+v
Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos, founded in 2002, is a Mexico-based architectural firm led by Miguel de la Torre Car. Ito. The firm, known for its reliability and professionalism, specializes in architectural design and collaborates with a diverse team of experts to manage and execute medium to large-scale projects for national and international clients.
- Constructor: Factor Eficiencia
- Landscape: Devas Paisaje