SJA I House by CDM Arquitectos
From the architect.
SJA I House is located at the center of a bay on the Mexican Pacific, 20 meters above sea level.
The main premises of the project were to maintain the visual and spatial relationship between the hill and the sea. We developed the program respecting the important natural elements and generated gardens between them; and laid out the main program in a single platform.
To achieve this we generated a main axis between the hill and the sea, pointed at “El Morro” (referring to the landscape of the bay), from which the program was organized. The project achieved to retain virtually all existing natural features of the land; cactus, endemic trees and prominent rocks.
The architectural program is developed from a Palapa located in the heart of the site, aligned with the major axis as a ”plaza”. West of the palapa and towards the sea is the pool that is bound by the 20 meter drop to the sea. To the south is the master bedroom, to the north are the bar, grill and wood oven, to the east are the kitchen and the living room that respects the visual continuity to the hill. The house also features 4 independent guest rooms embedded in the hill, a beach club, plus service areas.
The materials used were stone extracted from the hill to form the main platform and the walls. ‘Sandblasted’ exposed concrete which was specified for structural reasons. Columns and beams made of laminated wood from certified forests. Cedar woodwork for its stability in the local climate and its aroma. For external roof we used wood and local palm. For floorings we used ‘sandblasted’ marble (for a smooth and non-skid texture) indoors and “Coraline” stone for exteriors due to its thermal capacity, allowing to live the whole house barefoot.
Architects: CDM Arquitectos
Location: Michoacán, Mexico
Project Architects: Javier Dueñas Estrada , Alvaro Gonzalez Guerra Gomez
Project Area: 1427.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Collaborators: Victor Lopez Tinajero, Delfino Lozano, Alan Macias Almirudis,, Karina Vacarizas Pizarro, Jaime Olmos Aguilar
Lighting: Javier Ten ARTENLUZ
Landscape: Juan Carlos Perez Trejo
Woodwork: Javier Jaime Villaseñor Creativos en Carpinteria
Construction: Chavez Alvarez GCPI-grupo constructor
Structures: GCPI-grupo constructor
Interiors: MUMO, Kenya Rodriguez y Karla Vazquez
Photographs: Rory Gardiner, Marcos García