House for two artists by M + N Arquitectos

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House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

A glass bridge connects a concrete house with wonky windows to an artist’s studio in Puebla, Mexico.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

Two artists reside and work in the house, which was completed by Mexican studio M + N Arquitectos in 2010.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

Walls of barefaced concrete surround both the inside and outside of the only bedroom, where a narrow window is cut away from one corner.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

Concrete-framed windows elsewhere in the house are angled towards specific views of the surrounding landscape and sky.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

If artist's studios interest you, you may want to check out our recent special feature all about them.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

Photography is by Luis Gordoa.

The following text is from the architects:


House For Two Artists

The proposal began with a generally undefined idea which allowed for the possibility of change and the introduction of new ideas along the way in relation to the spatial and architectural plans in general. This lead to the creation of a two-stage plan: one for living and one for work.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

The property is surrounded by beautiful views of the city and surrounding landscape. The home/workshop was intended to be situated in direct relation to the cardinal points.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

The windows were thought of as cubes orientated toward those same scenic views and this idea gave way in turn to two distinct lawn and garden spaces.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

The intention of this project was to make an architectural plan differentiating various spaces by the use of unique construction materials including a glass bridge dividing the workshop from the living area.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

As such, the layout ended up being a rectangular prism shape, parallel to east-west corresponding to the public/circulation areas within the home where there are three constructive modules: First, in concrete, directed toward the south illuminating the master bedroom; second, in brick, directed toward the north illuminating a study/office area; and finally, a transparent bridge connecting the house to the workshop directed toward north - south.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

The idea evolved into highlighting an architectural plan while visually differentiating various modules made with like materials where each one has its own distinct goal or intention depending on options in relation to temperature, acoustics, or the distinctive qualities of any given living space.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

The public areas include a dining room, kitchen, living room, and hallway (which also serves as a library lending to dual function and form). The floor of the home, finished in polished cement, unites the project in its entirety.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

The windows are planned to offer multiple views to the surrounding area and are thought of as distinctive architectural elements identifying unique aspects of the home. Beyond that, each window is of a particular dimension and frames specific views while creating spaces where, for example, seats may be placed for moments of reflection.

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

Project: M + N Arquitectos + Patricia Perera (Guillermo Martínez Coghlan, MA. Eugenia Nava De Martínez, Patricia Perera)

House for two artists by m + n arquitectos and Patricia Perera

Location: San Andres Cholula, Puebla, México.
Project Manager: Oscar Barrios Torres
Team: Gabriela Urbina Grande, Silvia Trejo
Structural Design: Prodies Ing. Ismael Ramirez
Lighting Design: MN Diseño e Iluminación
Constructor: Patricia Perera
Promotor: Carlos Arias / Rip Parker
Constructed Area: 262 m2
Working Period: 2009-2010

  • kle

    Not bad at all!
    It could be better, but the design contains some great spots and ideas.

  • martini girl

    There is so much to like about this house.

    The attenion to details to the shapes, the vistas (both inside and out), the light, the textures.

    The house could have done without the 2 small lopsided windows but otherwise beatifully done.

  • john

    i browsed until that last google sketch-up-like render, and then i understood it all

  • http://www.laminat-vertrieb.de Laminat

    I really love that archictectural design – looks very clean and spacy. Except the kitchen, that's too old-fashioned for me, but the rest has a real elegant and open look. Wish I had one like that ;)

  • perera

    Paty:
    Desde que me llevaste a visitar esta casa me gusto mucho.
    Su diseño especifico para los que la habitan, los materiales usados.
    El concreto en muros y pisos.
    Las ventanas, los pisos de grava en el exterior y el jardin.
    Te felicito y adelante con las proximas. Ing. FPM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jocelyn.viot Jocelyn Viot

    Plans ?

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Very nice clean lines and great shadows.

  • http://silenciobarnes.com silenciobarnes

    I would love to live there :) Even if not permanently, it seems like the perfect place to retreat to while working on a project. Nice for reflection, I would think.

  • Lost

    All the talk about angling windows to capture views…howcome they all face at a concrete block wall?

  • http://twitter.com/stockwellgreen @stockwellgreen

    A break out of Carlo Scarpa in Mexico. Still nice though

  • joanna

    Very similar idea to Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera's house… I wonder if those 2 artists Mexican house inspired the architect…