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A secluded courtyard is concealed behind the stark concrete facade of this house in Nuevo León, Mexico, by Monterrey studio Stación-ARquitectura (+ slideshow).

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

The family residence, entitled Casa 2G, is laid out on a rectangular plot. The L-shaped courtyard divides it into two halves, with living rooms on one side and bedrooms on the other.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Stación-ARquitectura were asked to make the building as basic as possible, but to also add some homely features for the residents. "The challenge was to achieve this with the least number of materials and with rational and intelligent use of them," architect César Guerrero told Dezeen.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

The architects planned a bare concrete construction with minimal detailing around doors and windows. "The materials and construction processes were generated by a direct local workforce made on site," said Guerrero, "so the house combines industrial raw materials with local artisanal workmanship."

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Three bedrooms and a study are lined up along the eastern side of the house. Each one opens out to a small narrow private patio, plus the bedrooms all have their own ensuite bathrooms.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

The opposite side of the house has an open-plan layout with kitchen at one end, dining area at the centre and living area at the far end. Glazing surrounds two sides of the space, so residents can open the room out to the courtyard.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Rectangular skylights pierce the roof in various rooms, bringing slices of light into the house during the day.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Stación-ARquitectura, also known as S-AR, founded its studio in 2003. Past projects include a showroom and design office for a Mexican office furniture company. See more architecture in Mexico.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Photography is by Ana Cecilia Garza.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Here's some more information from S-AR:

Casa 2G - S-AR stación-ARquitectura

Casa 2G is a 360 square meter single family home designed by S-AR, an architectural firm based in Monterrey, Mexico. The house was designed as a sanctuary from the surrounding urban environment, as well as a series of memorable architectural spaces with the people that live in them at their conceptual core.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

Casa 2G creates sensory experiences and moments that enrich its inhabitant's daily lives, thanks in part to its sparse materiality and handmade features, which pay tribute to the artisan work of local craftsmen. The nature of this space contrasts with false ideas of human progress in a world dominated by appearances and trends.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

By taking a morning tour of Casa 2-G, the viewers are able to experience those special everyday moments spent in the house. As the windows open, we take in the natural changes in the environment, and we witness the dialogue between the house and the natural light as it evolves throughout the day. Come nightfall, the house opens up its spaces so that the light from the fire can fill us with peace as it vibrates over the raw surfaces of its walls. In Casa 2G, ordinary routine is pleasantly interrupted, and transformed into memorable moments of harmony and spiritual consciousness.

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Proposed as a basic house, the project is a simple rectangular volume with a courtyard that divides the social from the private area. Located in a residential area, the volume starts few meters behind the line of the street creating a courtyard for pedestrian and vehicular access.

Casa 2G by stación-ARquitectura

A concrete wall with a door is to simplify the design of the facade of the house, making it as basic as possible. However, this lack of openings to the street, contrasts with a wide open interior space that visually connects the whole social area with the central patio, the backyard and the Sierra Madre Mountains filling the interior spaces with light and natural ventilation and establishing a strong dialogue with the landscape.

The private rooms are protected by a segmented wall that allows privacy; also every private room has a private patio to bring lighting and ventilation. The social area is a continuous sequence of kitchen, dining room, lounge and a large terrace that connects to the rear garden.

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Above: ground floor plan - click for larger image

Doors, windows, metalwork and construction system are the most basic possible. The materials are left in a raw and natural way. Many of them have been done on site using materials and local labor with the intention of rescuing traditional constructive systems and jobs that have been displaced by a market of prefabricated materials, which generates low local employment and architecture based on repetition and mass.

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Above: section A-A' - click for larger image

Manual opening systems for windows and skylights and doors were designed especially for the project, developed by working closely with experienced local carpenters and blacksmiths. The architecture of the house invites the users to be part of their material structure. The use of the house generates a direct experience with materials, tactile sensations and a different consciousness of the elements that are part of the house in times of extreme lack of contact between people and objects and also between people and architecture. Thus 90% of the components of the house have been made by local labor and have only used the lowest number of industrial materials to preserve the essential idea of the project.

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Above: section 2-2' - click for larger image

Structurally, the whole volume made of reinforced concrete made in site (walls, slabs and inverted beams) floats on a platform that helps to provide insulation for the interior space, also the orientation of the house ensures the protection of the solar incidence using the existing trees on the site which bring shade to the roof of the house and also using higher volumes of neighboring houses.

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Above: north elevation - click for larger image

The house is a reinforced concrete monolith that has been perforated to create the interior space which is then defined with a glass membrane to emphasize the continuity of the material in floors, walls and slabs and its quality to be gradually transformed by the movement of the light and the shadows that occurs both inside and outside of the house during the course of the day.

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Above: west elevation - click for larger image

Project: Casa 2G
Architects: S-AR stación-ARquitectura
Location: San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Project Team: César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, María Sevilla, Carlos Flores.
Program: Private House.
Client: Private.
Construction Area: 360 m2.
Project Year: 2009
Construction Year: 2010 - 2011

Plans and Technical Drawings: S-AR stación-ARquitectura
Model: S-AR stación-ARquitectura

Structural Engineering: Ing. Jesús González Sáenz
Technical Supervision: S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Gonzalo Taméz
Construction: Gonzalo Taméz, Enrique López, Jesús Galván
Materials: Concrete, Steel, Glass and Wood.
Constructive System: walls and slabs of reinforced concrete.

  • I thought it was in Japan.

  • Jeff Prober

    It doesn’t conform to my Mexican stereotype and expectations – which is nice.

    • Jaime

      Very nice comment! Borderline xenophobic, cheers!

      • Carlb

        Now it has become “xenophobia” when someone says he is nicely surprised!?

  • Sam

    Absolutely stunning. I also quite like the house too.

  • What a boring house filled with architectural clichés. I’d be curious to have a conversation with this family, the blandest nouveau riche.

  • On the one hand, you can never have too many Corbusier copies. On the other hand this one is rather gloomy and lacking in imagination. Nice finishes though.

    • PeeWeen

      It is not gloomy, but bad photography.

  • Art

    Cold and lifeless concrete surroundings will certainly put pressure on the psyche of children, and also it’s likely very stuffy and hot to live in a concrete vault in Mexico?
    Though of course, the main thing is that the owners were happy!

    • MonLM

      Concrete is not hot at all and that’s the reason why it is used a lot over there. Plus Monterrey is huge in that industry in Mexico and Latin America.

  • A simple structure, considered use of raw materials, local labour and methods. It doesn’t get much better. And a hark back to the wonderful case study houses of the mid-century.

  • jarrad256

    I’ve been to San Pedro, which is near Monterrey, Mexico. This design is industrial and concrete. Definitely fits with the aesthetic of most of the houses there. Concrete is big business in Monterrey because of the mountains, so it’s rare to find a place that isn’t concrete completely. The addition of the grass is actually what makes it stand out :P

  • Demetrius

    It’s BEGGING for graffiti art.

  • Disa

    What is it with these beautiful women in mini dresses and heels posing in every picture?

  • Hannah

    I love concrete. If it was possible to marry and have children with concrete, I wouldn’t hesitate a minute.

  • Redfern

    Disa, a similar thought struck me.

    It is very disappointing that architects frequently think that the perfect foil to a photograph of their work is an overtly feminine woman in a dress – especially a youthful mother with young children.

    Ordinarily it strikes me as quite odd as most interesting architectural projects are trying to project new and modern design with outmoded and old-fashioned images of women. But I guess this project is actually all about harking back to the past – traditional construction techniques, manual opening systems etc. – so maybe the 1950s representation of a feminine woman at home tending to her children is more apt.

    • Mon

      Unfortunately I don’t think I have ever seen an elderly person in one of these photographs, even though they are just as likely to inhabit and appreciate contemporary architecture. I don’t believe in these fashion shoots.

  • MonLM

    Excellent project and shows how good architecture and design is in Mexico.
    I agree with the thing about the lady in the pictures, it doesn’t fit in the context of the house or the way of showing the project proposal.
    Something that got my attention is that the project was finished 2 years ago and it only got to be published now.
    Congratulations to the design studio!

  • Sultony

    What a lovely famly home full of all the comforts of a prison.

    • hugo

      Have you ever been in prison?

    • And they can take me prisoner. I love it! ;-)

  • MaxG

    It’s a shame that most of negative comments are out of the context of the architecture and are about the model in the picture. Are there rules or stereotype people for this architecture?

    I would like to read comments related to the form and functionality: architecture?

  • Alberto

    For those who don’t know, in Mexico people love to hang stuff on the walls: portraits, paintings, clocks, handcrafts, etc. How do you do this over those concrete walls? Check out the bedroom, imagine yourself waking up every morning in the sad atmosphere watching those cold, grey, depressing walls. And the kid’s room with a window looking to another wall (when they have a quite large plot)? This is not how most Latin Americans are.

    Okay, maybe the owners are happy with this. And yes, there is a lot of concrete in Monterrey, but is this really a reason to build an all-concrete house? Concrete could be a wonderful material but in this case I’m not loving it. On their side, the geometry is nice.

  • Ananda Prasanga

    Doesn’t feel like a home, even if they placed an extended family there. Too industrial for my taste.

  • Gary Walmsley

    Ugh – More flat, grey concrete slabs. Death to Modernism. Viva Post-Modernism and onward!