Casa Alta by AS/D Asociación
de Diseño

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Hundreds of perforations are dotted across the monolithic facade of this weekend house outside Mexico City by AS/D Asociación de Diseño.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The architects were inspired by the shapes of surrounding trees to create the patterns, which provide a simple relief across walls clad with Trespa rainscreen panels.

Casa Alta by AS/D

Named Casa Alta, the three-storey building has a tower-like form that is set into the sloping landscape of its valley setting.

Casa Alta by AS/D

"The building became an observation tower house and this allowed the perforated tree image to be better read from the facade," architect Fernando Velasco told Dezeen.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The building's entrance leads into a living room on the middle floor, while the kitchen and dining area is located below and the bedroom and bathroom can be found upstairs.

Casa Alta by AS/D

Stairs also lead up from the bedroom to a wooden deck on the roof. "We had to come up with a sliding deck which could open and close, but also have a minimum impact on the overall volume, said Velasco. "The deck slides closed over the bedroom to complete the wooden floor, resulting in a larger surface to enjoy the view."

Casa Alta by AS/D

See more projects in Mexico, including a house with a high-walled courtyard and a hotel of 20 separate cabins.

Casa Alta by AS/D

Photography is by Rafael Gamo.

Here's some more information from AS/D:


Casa Alta.
AS/D asociación de diseño

Located on a steep slope within a 1,500 square meter plot with magnificent views to the valley, the main structure of this weekend house consists of a 6m by 6m module in three levels with just 108 square meters and a roof deck overlooking the valley.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The structural walls made of striped exposed concrete make this house a monolith inserted in a steep topography highlighting discreet light penetration, as well as directed views towards the garden.

Casa Alta by AS/D

A staircase parallel to the site guides the user from the entry level to the outdoor platform below, the same way in which the house is interconnected from the lower level to the roof garden.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The site presents a difference in level of about 16 meters in one direction, offering magnificent views of the surroundings; the house is inserted at a specific level from which it optimizes different entry levels and the integration of the exterior space. A clear connection is generated throughout the 3 main levels of the projects: entry level, the levels of the house and the lower level platform containing the pool. The project is conceived as stacking program enclosing different uses on specific levels of the site.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The house works a vertical block organised by vertical circulation through a stacked staircase which connects the user to different levels and program having on the lower level the kitchen with dining area, the intermediate level or entry level the living room, the top level the bedroom and full bathroom, and above that the roof deck. The directed views are key to the project as per orientation of each level and space interconnection on the inside.

Casa Alta by AS/D

A platform on the lowest part of the site becomes the common space for relaxation, ending with the landscape intervention and programmatic experience. This platform of 200 square meters consists of a swimming pool, grill, outdoor dining tables, and lounge spaces, with views the valley as well as the river.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The design of the ventilated facade is conceived with the idea of somehow printing an abstract image of a tree, just as if the house would camouflage with the many existing trees from the site.

Casa Alta by AS/D

The façade evolves from the idea of digital pointillism where the image of a tree is digitalized with the same technique of the impressionist paintings, where the user is able to see the full image from a distance but as one gets closer it becomes a constellation of pixels which gives a unique texture to the house. This is achieved with 232 Trespa panels from which 40% are perforated using CNC technology for the fabrication and precision and placed on an aluminum sub-structure.

Casa Alta by AS/D

Casa Alta, is a subtle intervention to the site, context and vegetation, with a minimum footprint to allocate the basic needs for a weekend house. A house that becomes and observatory from the inside and a house of intervention from the outside. A house to enjoy the outdoors.

Casa Alta by AS/D

Type: Single family residence
Architectural design: AS/D asociación de diseño. Fernando Velasco + Paola Morales
Team: Santiago García de Letona, Fernando Polidura, Natalia Gomez, Piergianna Mazzocca
Construction: Punto y Raya Arquitectura y construcción + AS/D asociación de diseño
Facade: material: Trespa installation: Katorceespacios
Structure: Ing. Cesar Pérez Carbajal
Location: Huixquilucan Estado de México. México
Plot Area: 1,600 m2
Built Area: House. 108 m2, Platform 200 m2, services 30 m2
Project Year: 2010
Construction Year: 2011-2012

Casa Alta by AS/D

Site plan - click above for larger image

Casa Alta by AS/D

Ground and first floor plans

Casa Alta by AS/D

Second floor and roof plans

Casa Alta by AS/D

Axonometric diagrams - click above for larger image

  • carsten

    Okay, I understand holes in the facade. Great.

  • Andrew

    Lovely inside.

  • Vee

    No point in having those perforations in the facade if they don’t even let light in/out throught them. Fashoin fad. Apart from that, it’s a pretty neat project.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Wondering how legal this project was. It was my understanding that developments in the Huixquilucan ravine were forbidden.

    The photos are kind of misleading, since Huixquilucan is deep inside the urban sprawl of Mexico city and the ravine is one of the last remaining green cushions of that area.