CQ12

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Architect
Interior Design
Builder
  • Arq. Javier Flores
Photographer
  • Erika V Athie
Publications
  • Location
  • Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 4000
  • Lot Size
  • 3500
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Casa Quieta is a residential cluster in the northern part of Cuernavaca with a mild microclimate, rich topography and biodiversity: ponds, streams and Cuernavaca´s profuse vegetation. This natural richness became the design principle for each space in Casa Quieta 12. Architecture unfolds from sights, orientation and trees merging harmonically.

    The house essence builds up from its context: its principal axis emphasises the void between trees with geometric lines it approaches the landscape’s fluency. The design premise was a negotiation with nature: to spread out or fall back where it demanded so; always looking after interior distribution and composition. Privacy coexists with magnificent open views through terraces and gardens. A blind façade to the street solves this paradox and creates great contrast when crossing the threshold into open and luminous spaces.

    Design axis and volumes respect a simple triple-gesture: (1) the original trees create a void between the street and the main door , (2) a straight line traced from a Magnolia in the entrance patio and a Pine tree in the horizon becomes the main axis and, (3) in order to achieve the best orientation and respect privacy of the adjacent property, the volume bends. The house was designed on three principles: aperture, tension and containment. Three volumes are interwoven by the three main axis which always directs to framed views of the wilderness outside. Integration to the natural context is reinforced through materials: stone, marble and wooden flooring, yellow stone walls and glass towards natural views.

    Architecture is sensitive to nature without sacrificing habitability. Transparent and double height corridors let you walk comfortably from one space to another. Dining and living rooms privilege family life with outstanding views having the possibility to unfold towards the exterior. Bedrooms are totally blind towards the street and open to landscape becoming private panoramic viewpoints of the horizon. The study is a flexible space. It can become a Family room, visit room or playroom and with an independent access and curtain walls that opens widely to the garden enabling a tight relationship with nature.

    Following Schelling´s idea which describes humanity as the void where nature is able to self-reflect, Casa Quieta 12 opens a space for contemplation of nature.

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    Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Trees, Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower. Terrace and swimming pool Photo  of CQ12

    Terrace and swimming pool

    Modern home with Outdoor, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Back Yard, and Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower. Swimming pool Photo 2 of CQ12

    Swimming pool

    Modern home with Windows and Metal. Main axis Photo 3 of CQ12

    Main axis

    Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, and Travertine Floor. Dinning and kitchen Photo 4 of CQ12

    Dinning and kitchen

    Modern home with Kitchen, Granite Counter, Wood Cabinet, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Travertine Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Dinning and kitchen Photo 5 of CQ12

    Dinning and kitchen

    Modern home with Dining Room, Two-Sided Fireplace, Table, Travertine Floor, Chair, Storage, and Ceiling Lighting. Dinning and terrace Photo 6 of CQ12

    Dinning and terrace

    Modern home with Outdoor, Landscape Lighting, Front Yard, and Trees. Façade Photo 7 of CQ12

    Façade

    Modern home with Outdoor. Façade Photo 8 of CQ12

    Façade

    Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Back Yard. Terrace and swimming pool Photo 9 of CQ12

    Terrace and swimming pool

    Modern home with Outdoor, Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, Trees, and Back Yard. Swimming pool and studio Photo 10 of CQ12

    Swimming pool and studio

    Modern home with Living Room, Travertine Floor, Sofa, Dark Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Recliner. Living room Photo 11 of CQ12

    Living room

    Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Standard Layout Fireplace, Ceiling Lighting, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Dinning and living room Photo 12 of CQ12

    Dinning and living room

    Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Sofa, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Main entrance Photo 13 of CQ12

    Main entrance

    Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Travertine Floor, Dark Hardwood Floor, Sofa, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Living room Photo 14 of CQ12

    Living room

    Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower. Terrace Photo 15 of CQ12

    Terrace

    Modern home with Stone Tread, Windows, Picture Window Type, and Metal. Main access  Photo 16 of CQ12

    Main access

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