A House Surrounded By Gardens

VGZ Architecture have designed a home in Mexico City that is surrounded by gardens, where every space has natural light and fresh air during the day.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

The architect’s description

The house is built on a fan-shaped 800 sq. mt. plot, open to the northeast. After volumetric studies, we decided on an H scheme, rotating the north body to get the most sunlight and south aperture, and tilting the roofs to the north.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

The objective was open spaces and low footprint, creating a house surrounded by gardens, where every space has natural light and fresh air during the day, opening up to the south and making the most of the views.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

The program responds to client needs on three levels: basement for parking and services, first floor for social life and second floor for family life. The gardens, with an exterior kitchen and dinning space on one side and a sunset terrace with a fireplace on the other, become an important part of this family┬┤s life.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

The steel structure allowed us to have longer spans of open space and continuity on transparency, integrating the interior and exterior, while the rotated volumes result in interesting angle intersections of stone and glass with steel frames.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

For the material palette, we concentrated on stone for the vertical planes and wood for the horizontal ones, creating a warm environment that sets a canvas for eclectic decoration.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

Landscape and natural light were essential design instruments, while lighting plays an important role in the design intention. We used a siphon system to collect rainwater and purify it so that during rainy season there is no need for municipal water. The garden and parking use only treated water.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

Electricity and hot water are generated by solar energy and the entire facade is double insulated glass with UV protection for maximum energy conservation.

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

V9 House by VGZ Arquitectura

Design: VGZ Arquitectura
Photography: Rafael Gamo

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