Enso House II | HW STUDIO Arquitectos

San Miguel de Allende / Mexico / 2022

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When work began on this small house and after a thorough historical research, it was concluded that there are few places in Mexico with a constructive identity as strong as Guanajuato. This is clearly reflected in its architecture, kitchen utensils, aqueducts, legends, even in its heroes such as the Pípila, who carries a huge rock on his back so that the bullets of the conservatives would not reach his regiment.


In this area of the country, stone is an element deeply rooted in any form of cultural expression. For this reason, the material for this architectural piece was very easily and naturally chosen.  In addition, there was a materials bank and capable labor nearby; a dialogue of respect between the artifice and its environment was encouraged. The entire complex is organized on the basis of a cruciform plan; thus, the space is divided into four quadrants by a cross of stone alleys defining the paths, framing all moments, and separating one quadrant from the other. 


Once divided, a "vocation" was assigned to each of these quadrants: the lower right quadrant, which is the first one, receives the inhabitants upon their arrival; it has the vocation of housing an endemic garden that reinforces, protects, and welcomes living beings and humans. The second quadrant hosts the cars; special care was taken to the trees during construction, as they would provide shade to protect the cars from the sun. To top it off, a long, barely arched stone wall protects the entrance, avoids looking inside the house, and emphasizes the horizontal presence of the mountain in the background. In the third quadrant is the one-bedroom house; the public spaces are separated from the private ones by a single volume containing bathrooms, dressing room, and service area, which breaks with the open floor plan. In the fourth quadrant is the office; this is the only visibly prominent vertical element that contrasts with the horizontality of the landscape and the rest of the elements, seeking with this gesture to flirt with the iconic volumes of the Santa Brígida mine in Mineral de Pozos. 


The dispersion of these spaces forces a permanent pilgrimage between spaces; it makes you come into contact with the earth, the air, and the mountain as if it were an ancient monastery, framing the landscape but at the same time forming a natural part of it.


Credits
Architecture Firm: HW STUDIO
Lead Architects: Rogelio Vallejo Bores


Other participants
Architects: Oscar Didier Ascencio Castro and Nik Zaret Cervantes Ordaz


Photography: Cesar Bejar - www.cesarbejarstudio.com


Video Credits: Montse Roma


 


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CASA ENSO II


Cuando se comenzó a trabajar en esta pequeña casa y a raíz de una profunda investigación histórica, se concluyó que hay pocos lugares en México con una identidad constructiva tan contundente como Guanajuato. Ésta se ve claramente reflejada en su arquitectura, utensilios de cocina, acueductos, leyendas, incluso en sus héroes como el Pípila, el cual carga una enorme roca sobre sus espaldas para que las balas de los conservadores no alcanzaran a su regimiento.


La piedra en esta zona del país es un elemento muy arraigado en cualquier forma de expresión cultural. Por esta razón, la elección de la materialidad de esta pieza se dio con mucha facilidad y naturalidad.  Además, había un banco de material cercano, mano de obra capaz, y se propiciaba un diálogo de respeto entre el artificio y su entorno. Todo el conjunto se organiza a partir de una planta cruciforme; así, el espacio se divide en cuatro cuadrantes por una cruz de andadores de piedra que define los recorridos, enmarca momentos, y separa un cuadrante del otro.


Una vez dividido, se asignó una “vocación” a cada uno de estos cuadrantes: el cuadrante inferior derecho, que es el primero, recibe a los habitantes a su llegada; éste tiene la vocación de alojar un jardín endémico que refuerza, protege, y da la bienvenida a seres vivos y humanos. El segundo cuadrante aloja los autos; se tuvo especial atención en cuidar los árboles durante la construcción, ya que serían estos los que nos proporcionarían la sombra para proteger los autos del sol. De remate, un muro largo y poco aperaltado de piedra protege la entrada, evita ver al interior de la casa, y remarca la presencia horizontal de la montaña al fondo. En el tercer cuadrante se ubica la casa de una sola habitación; los espacios públicos están separados de los privados por un único volumen que contiene baños, vestidor, y área de servicio, y que rompe con la planta libre. En el cuarto cuadrante se encuentra la oficina; este es el único elemento vertical visiblemente destacado que contrasta con la horizontalidad del paisaje y del resto de elementos, procurando con este gesto hacer un guiño a los icónicos volúmenes de la mina de Santa Brígida de Mineral de Pozos.


La dispersión de estos espacios obliga a un permanente peregrinaje entre los espacios, y te hace entrar en contacto con la tierra, el aire, y la montaña como si de un antiguo monasterio se tratara, enmarcando el paisaje pero al mismo tiempo formando parte natural de él.

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    When work began on this small house and after a thorough historical research, it was concluded that there are few places in Mexico with a constructive identity as strong as Guanajuato. This is clearly reflected in its architecture, kitchen utensils, aqueducts, legends, even in its heroes such as the Pípila, who carries a huge rock on his back so that the bullets of the conservatives would not reach his regiment. In this area of the country, stone is an element deeply rooted in any form...

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    • Year 2022
    • Work finished in 2022
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