Location: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, GUANAJUATO, MEXICO
FT2 Construction: 6,997 sq ft
FT2 Ground: 14,811 sq ft
Involved Areas: Architecture, Interior Design
Carlos Vargas C.
Arquitecto asociado: Ignacio Pastor
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Timoteo Wachter
CONTRACTOR: Barbosa Arquitectos
STRUCTURAL DESIGN: Ing. Ricardo Riquelme
ELECTRICAL DESIGN: Ing. Hugo Cruz
PLUMBING DESIGN: Panfilo Rosales Cruz
COST ESTIMATOR: Barbosa Arquitectos
ACOUSTICS DESIGN: Benjamín Serafin
The house is located in the center of San Miguel de Allende, merging two lots and demolishing the existing houses. The facade facing the Aldama street was designed taking into consideration the strict rules of the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History); the main concern was not to break with the general context of the streets of the center, conserving the proportions of windows, heights and colors. A very important tree existed on the lot, reason why the project was developed around this tree, creating a courtyard as the main theme of the house. The lobby has a labyrinth drawn on the floor made out with pigeon blood stone and concrete in ocher color. The access corridor forms a stroll around the courtyard, surrounded by lattice windows of vertical elements that let discreetly see the tree and the terrace, creating a mystery sensation. In one of the corners of the patio, the main stairs are located; water slips throw the steps towards a fountain that is located at the stairs landing. The courtyard is surrounded by the access corridor, the kitchen, the living room and the dining room, enjoying the game of lights and shades as well as the sound of the water The studio and the social area including an open living room, have also a magnificent view towards the terrace, garden and the pool. The upper floor of the house is distributed in a way that the master bedroom is completely independent from the other two bedrooms; which are both used to lodge guests. The main bedroom has an independent round stair to access the terrace created in the roof from which the towers of the Cathedral are visible, creating a spectacular view towards the town center of San Miguel de Allende.