Cherem Arquitectos completes corrugated
concrete house in Mexico

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Mexican office Cherem Arquitectos designed this concrete house with a corrugated exterior for a family of four just outside Mexico City (+ slideshow).

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

House P was designed Cherem Arquitectos and collaborator Rodolfo Diaz for Mexican footballer Aarón Padilla and his family in an area surrounded by woods and hills.



"Their big dream was to use concrete," the architects told Dezeen. "They approached us two years ago, asking for a concrete house that had a good relationship with its surroundings."

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

The corrugated surface was designed to echo the verticality of the surrounding trees. It has also been added to give the house a softer, more changeable appearance, creating a varying pattern of light and shadow on the surface depending on the time of day and the angle the house is viewed from.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

Rooms in the two-storey house are arranged in a triangular formation around a central courtyard, creating three interconnected wings on each floor.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

"The central courtyard was important because it creates intimate spaces around the house, brings light into the centre, and keeps out views from a nearby golf course," said the architects. "We were inspired by modern Mexican architecture, but also by the traditional Mexican patio, which creates a space to reunite elements in the centre of the house."

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

The ground floor has a garage with direct access to the entrance hall, which is followed by a living room and games room.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

A covered terrace leads from these rooms to the kitchen and dining room on the other side of the house, and can also be used for informal dinners outside.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

Upstairs, a master bedroom, walk-in closet and terrace occupies one wing, and two smaller bedrooms and a terrace occupy the opposite wing, with a family room connecting the two sections of the house.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

Curved concrete walls have been used throughout the interior to create a sense of fluidity, and shadow gaps have been set into the floor and ceiling so that they appear separate from the walls.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

"We wanted to make the interiors look lighter, so that it feels like the floor and ceiling are floating," said the architects.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

Glazing around the central courtyard has been designed to give the rooms a more dynamic relationship with each other, creating connections between the different wings and floors of the house.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem

"The house develops a dynamic relationship between solid and transparent planes," the architects explained. "This allows views across the house, and maintains the central patio as a core, sheltered by the concrete walls."

Photography is by Enrique Macías.

Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem
Ground floor plan – click for larger image and key
Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem
First floor plan – click for larger image and key
Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem
Section AA – click for larger image
Concrete House P in Mexico by Cherem
Section BB – click for larger image
  • http://www.libertydisciple.com/ The Liberty Disciple

    Home design for the wealthy is difficult. It’s easy to get lost in designing cavernous volumes of space, that will be more like an empty art museum, than an intimate home.

    This has that feel.

    Even though furnishings, fixtures, and art work is missing, I cannot see how this was really designed around human scale.

    The layout, arrangement, and concrete treatment is lovely. I just get the feeling that there may be a few footballs bounced off the interior walls in a sparse house full of echoes.

    • http://be.net/bassel Bassel

      Now that the architectural muscle display is over, an interior designer is about to have a lot of fun making this place look less bear.

    • I

      Maybe it’s about the philosophy and perception of life and being whether one wants to live in an “art museum” (or distantly minimalist environment). I think it wouldn’t be that bad. Architecture may be a neutral background.

      • http://www.libertydisciple.com/ The Liberty Disciple

        Architecture is about the defining of space. You can only be so “neutral” with design. This design has the appearance of being out of scale.

  • Chris A.

    Room 5 has quite a harsh corner, great composition otherwise

  • eyeontheworld

    As an enhancement to spatial line flow, surroundings and historic elements of style, the exterior should have been painted white.

  • http://www.moladi.com moladi

    Pity there are no pictures of the construction process. Formwork? How long to construct? Cost? Thermal properties of the wall?