Built with locally sourced red bricks, pine wood, reinforced concrete, glass, and steel, there is no question that the 1,270-square-foot property known as Saint Peter House stands out among its neighbors in the San Pedro Cholula municipality of Puebla, Mexico.
After a request to build a cost-effective, high-quality and efficient home, with expressive geometry and unique living spaces, local firms Proyecto Cafeína and Estudio Tecalli used the area's red bricks to create the house’s unusual split-gable form.
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The use of local bricks and traditional building techniques connects the residence with its historical and cultural context, while improving light penetration and air circulation.
According to Proyecto Cafeína’s founder Leonardo Neve, the design process of Saint Peter House began with the idea of finding new ways to express geometry and materiality.
The architects established a new dialogue with the site by redefining the traditional gabled roof shape into an asymmetric, contemporary form by using red bricks that are commonly seen in buildings around the area.
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The traditional artisan bricklaying method used to construct the house created small gaps between the brick courses, which enabled a section of the exterior wall to extend outward, maximizing the usable floor space and creating a striking 3D façade.
"The main goal for this project was to achieve a unique experience of warmth and connection with the user by using materials almost in its raw state—like the brick walls, wood beams, and concrete-and-steel frames and stairs," notes Neve.
The architects also designed and custom-made the lamps and accessories for the interiors to enhance the experience of being within this unique and cozy residence.