Residence - Colonia San Rafael

San 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.


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