As we have already stated, we are always struck by the outstanding quality of Mexican architecture. No doubt, it won’t be the last Mexican project we showcase on the blog.
Casa Zicatela is a weekend retreat on the beach in Puerto Escondido to escape the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. Architects Ludwig Godefroy and Emmanuel Picault made no concessions and conceived the home as a fully-fledged shelter, entirely of concrete and without any reference to the prototypical vacation homes.
From the outside, the building looks like a perfectly solid mass of concrete, crossed on one side by a pair of openings that hold the sturdy wooden doors. This concrete enclosure protects an interior with a gardened courtyard flanked on both sides by stairs leading up to the roof of the house, agglutinating the day zone interconnected through a water canal. The particular distribution of the space generates a fascinating spatial sequence, alternating the full and the void, from the public area outside to the interior of the dwelling.
The house has a sophisticated elegance. Hints that recall the superb style of Carlo Scarpa. A brutal atmosphere with vernacular reminiscences that celebrates the idea of “joie de vivre.”
Photography: Rory Gardiner