Casa Alta: AS/D Asociación de Diseño's 'digital' pointillism

The Trespa material façade proposes the somewhat abstract image of a tree

by Malcolm Clark
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Casa Alta, a recent project of Mexican architects AS/D Asociación de Diseño is perched at 1500 meters of height, overlooking the valley of Huixquilucan.

The main structure of this summer house consists of a 6x6 meter module repeated on three levels. Its exterior walls, covered with Trespa, make this house a monolith inserted in the landscape. The house is conceived as an overlying series of functions each associated with a specific level.

The house functions as a vertical block organized by means of a staircase (ideal continuation of the external staircase) that connects the user to the different levels each with its own function: ground floor (kitchen and dining room ), first floor (living room), second floor (bedroom and bathroom) and “roofdeck” (terrace). The panoramic views are the key to the project, as they have guided the authors in the choice of destination of each interior space. A platform at the lowest point of the lot becomes a relax area of the house with swimming pool, barbecue area and living room overlooking the river.

The design of the ventilated façade stems from the idea to carve a somewhat abstract image of a tree in it, as if the house had been transformed into one of the many trees that surround it.

Its outline is presented using the same technique as impressionist Georges Seurat's pointillism, but in a contemporary manner, in a kind of 'digital' pointillism.

You can see the picture of the tree emerging as you move away from the house but as you approach it, the picture becomes a constellation of abstract pixels that give it a unique texture.

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    Casa Alta

    Huixquilucan de Degollado / Mexico / 2012