PPAA | ARCHITECTURE OF IDEAS

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Mexican architecture never ceases to amaze us. Today we want to share a house in San Miguel de Allende. A project where the patios are the central axis that articulate the space. Pérez Palacios’ studio and the architect Alfonso de la Concha Rojas faced a land without exterior views. As the great architect Campo Baeza would have done, they designed three interior patios, focal points of light.

The one with the pool and the hammock is the biggest. In the second one, a tree grows and there are gravel benches to contemplate it. The third, the smallest, is private to the master bedroom. These three empty boxes produce different perceptions of scale, high contrast of light and shadow, with the theatrical effect that this entails.

The interior has no internal boundaries, so its common areas connect and flow organically into the courtyards. The use of large glass panels and sliding glass doors make them transparent to each other and the outside as well. The open plan double height living and dining room are especially eye-catching for this interplay of forms.

The project is an effort of sobriety, both for its finishes, its white walls, and the exposed wooden ceilings and for the connection between the volumes of the dwelling that results in a quiet and restful space.

San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio
San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Palacios’ studio

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