This gorgeous Y-shaped house, located in a small town in Mexico, San Luis Potosí, is the home of a couple that no longer lives with the children. The residence was envisioned as a space that offers plenty of privacy for the couple that has to get used to the new, less “dynamic” lifestyle. The house is surrounded by a solid brick-wall and it has a small outdoor jacuzzi, for relaxation. The entire project was completed in 2012 by Grupo Volta.
The house is quite spacious and transparent, letting the light sneak inside through floor-to-ceiling windows and also creating a seamless transition between the two environments. A small deck accommodates a terrace, where you can enjoy the sweet taste of morning coffee as the sun starts to flood the interior. Elegant, neat and stylish, the living room is one windows away from the terrace. Adorned with gorgeous metallic bubble-like lamps that hang from the ceiling, this living room is remarkably decorated. The living room occupies one of the house’s corners, receiving light from three sides.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.