Residence - Colonia San Rafael
Miguel de Allende, GTO.
American Institute of Architects Monterey Bay Oustanding Design Award
This project site is
situated on an east facing hill overlooking the World Heritage Site of San
Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is located
in a densely populated Mexican residential neighborhood, with cobblestone
streets and mixed-use structures built to property lines.
The narrow pie
shaped lot has three tall structures abutting the north and south property
lines. On site were two small brick structures.
One was demolished and one integrated into the entry design.
It was the owner’s
desire to build a modern house with an open floor plan and stay within a
limited budget. The design challenge was
to create a residence that could capture as much natural light as possible in a
very tight space, provide passive solar in the winter and take advantage of the
incredible vista of the City.
The design solution
was placing a simple rectangular structure along the north property line and
creating an open angular sky lighted atrium to the south, providing circulation
and light to all levels. The roof
terrace is designed to be flanked on both ends with a future green roof and a photo
voltaic shade structure. All rain water
is captured on site and stored in cisterns.