PEÑA BLANCA II
LOCATION: VALLE DE BRAVO, State of Mexico
CONSTRUCTION: 260 m2
TEAM: PABLO PÉREZ PALACIOS, ALFONSO DE LA CONCHA ROJAS, ALFREDO NADER, GABRIEL GARCÍA.
Peña Blanca II is a residential project located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The site is a woody and sloped terrain.
The program required independent areas, one destined for bedrooms, another one for dining and living areas that could host a big amount of guests, and the last one for a more intimate space that could function as a bedroom for the kids. We wanted to generate a game of references and complements, that when placed on the plot would define and visually contain the exterior space. We defined limits and visual references, continuing the perspective lines that generate between the different elements. We sought to establish a continuous relation, physical and visual, between the parts, so that it could all be read as a whole, this with the minimum construction to integrate the project to the landscape in a friendly way.
The program was solved by separating the public from the private areas in three different volumes. A virtual patio was created constructed by continuing the perspective lines which create visual references. This space is contained by two blocks arranged in “L” that define one side of the patio. We removed the corner block from this “L” and put it on the opposite corner so that we could visually close the patio.
The three volumes function as independent and loose elements, creating a life towards the interior without losing the views of the terrain.
The location of the project on the terrain seeks to take the most advantage of the views, while the orientation responds to the isolation, rotating it so none of its faces is oriented completely towards the north. We used local materials for the construction, which imply a minor impact in the process of construction and a better integration to the context. All the walls are done with the local stone, and the roofs with tile.