Symmetrical balance – Mexico

The house sits on a rocky point in Puerto Escondido, Mexico like a beacon to the sea, with two fronts facing towards the Pacific coast. The cross-shaped courtyard has four seven-meter-high volumes, with a pitched roof that frame views to the sea. Designed by BAAQ architects, the conceptual process started from the idea of defining a cross-shaped patio that articulates symmetrical balance within 4 volumes.
These volumes were key to achieve an integration between the architecture and its immediate surrounding. The different angles allow the occupants to have ocean views from any room, and formally merge with the rocky landscape of the beach.
The architectural program is developed both inside and outside, looking for spatial and functional efficiency, where the core of the project takes place by the living areas, connecting the private areas through the central courtyard and the pool. In this way a simple, aesthetic and low maintenance house is achieved, with the capacity to accommodate up to 15 people.
The buildings are made of concrete and wooden frame structures made from palm bone wood on the outside, which is used as a traditional construction system in houses on the coast. Palm bone and the use of mosquito nets, allows permeability and cross ventilation on the inside. In addition, the palm bone creates interesting shadows and transparencies during the day and a contrast of lighting at night, perceiving it from afar as a lighthouse.



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