Project NameCasa Cielo
Project TeamFrancisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
Tlajomulco de ZúñigaMexico
|Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
Commissioned to design a family residence in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, a town in the state of Jalisco in central-western Mexico, Guadalajara-based architects COA arquitectura took their cues as much from the compact plot’s triangular footprint and sloped terrain as from the property’s liminal location on the outskirts of the town where the urban grid meets an oak forest. The result is a half-buried, wedge-shaped volume, strategically punctuated by recessed openings that bring in views and light while ensuring privacy from neighbouring houses. Rendered in a creamy hue, the richly textured, carved out volume is imbued with a sculptural sensibility that harmoniously complements its verdant surroundings. Featuring soulfully minimalist interiors, the house was conceived as an intermediate space between the city and the forest, resulting in a modern refuge of thoughtful architecture and meditative elegance.
Unfolding on three floors, the house is entered rather unusually via a small sunken courtyard, completely hidden from the street level, which functions as a transitional space between the public and private realms. The calming sound of running water, courtesy of a small fountain, facilitates the transition even further. Entering on the middle level, you step into an open-plan living space that opens onto a terrace overlooking the forest. Floor-to-ceiling frameless patio doors that extend the length of the terrace designed to “bring the forest inside” blur the line between interior and exterior.
A staircase bathed in natural light leads to the lower level where a study, music room and auxiliary spaces can be found and the upper level housing three bedrooms. Featuring a private balcony, dressing room and an expansive en-suite bathroom, complete with a bathtub overlooking the forest, the master bedroom is a meditative haven of comfort and relaxation. A palette of natural materials like stone, marble, wood and lime plaster, combined with muted hues, clean lines and sparse furnishings, constitute a minimalist aesthetic of refined simplicity and muted elegance that further underscores the architects’ intention to create a soothing place suspended between city and nature.