Project Name: Casa Ocoxal
Practice: A-001 Taller de Arquitectura
Firm Location: Mexico city, Mexico
Completion year: 2020
Gross Built up Area: 9,000 m2
Project Location: Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico
Design Team: Arq. Eduardo Gorozpe, Arq. Joel Betanzos, Arq. Arturo Olavarrieta, Arq. Erik Ley, Arq. Andrés Mendizábal, Arq. Mariluz Arce, Arq. Eridani Reyes, Arq. Gerardo Ham, Ing. Fernando Calleja
Photo Credits: XimzfotoMore Specs
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Casa Ocoxal sits in a forest neighboring the town of Valle de Bravo, approximately 160 kilometers away from Mexico City, in a piece of land of 9,000 m2 that works as a productive microsystem into which the house respectfully integrates itself.
The shape of the main house is born out of a geometry of superimposed volumes through which the void is inhabited. The formal composition evokes Valle de Bravo’s traditional housing, the image of a cabin with a gabled rooftop proposes a reinterpretation of this iconography with a contemporary aesthetic, which is achieved through the use of black metal sheets on the facade, as well as the use of concrete and glass.
The top volume contains the private family rooms, while the lower volume contains semi-private spaces, such as guest rooms. In the void that is generated by the intersection of both of these volumes, you can find the shared spaces that allow for a relationship between the inside and the outside to bloom, with a special focus on the contemplation and understanding of the ecosystem.
The project isn’t just a family oriented holiday home, it’s also an exhaustive creative exercise centered around fulfilling all of the functional requirements of the residence as well as giving value to the whole ensemble, which starts off by observing and understanding each element’s role in the space of intervention.