House of Eight Gardens is built around open-air courtyards

Goko's House of Eight Gardens frames a variety of open-air courtyards

Eight glass-walled gardens offer views of greenery to the occupants of this minimally furnished house in Cuernavaca, Mexico, by architecture firm Goko (+ slideshow).

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

The open-air spaces that give the project its name, House of Eight Gardens, were incorporated into the design by Mexico City-based Goko to enable daylight to illuminate the interior, as well to introduce elements of nature.

"Our goal was to create a house and relaxing experience of absolute rest, and to contribute to a better environment improving life quality," said the architects in a statement.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

An existing tree on the plot prompted the design team to develop a proposal where each of the living areas and bedrooms look out onto a different landscaped space.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

"Although our architecture plays a fundamental role on the house, it is through the insertion of spaces for contemplation of nature that we achieve one true experience," the architects said.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

At the centre of the property is a small pond enclosed by glass that allows views towards a tabachín tree – a small species common in the American tropics – from the surrounding rooms.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

The rest of the interior spaces emanate from this locus, with rooms arranged around the periphery opening onto other courtyards containing a variety of trees and ferns.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

A large garden at the rear of the house can be accessed from the main living area and a smaller family room, which both open onto a terrace sheltered by the overhanging roof.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

A small pool flanked by a row of stepping stones is located at one end of the garden and the master bedroom is situated in a wing at the opposite end.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

The master bedroom is bordered on two sides by a secluded bougainvillaea garden, behind which is an en-suite incorporating small green courtyards.

An orchard garden is positioned next to the property's entrance, while a plant-lined passage along one edge of the plot provides direct access to the garden at the rear.

House of 8 Gardens by Goko

Travertine marble was used for flooring and walls throughout the interior to provide a sense of warmth and texture, with simple white walls helping to maximise the effect of sunlight that filters through pergola-like cross beams.

Photography is by Aki Itami R.


Project credits:

Architectural Design: Goko MX (Christopher Koehn, Jose Martín González)
Project Manager: Isaac Guzmán
Construction: Vansa
Landscape Design: Polen
Landscape Lighting: Martín Leal

House of 8 Gardens by Goko
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
House of 8 Gardens by Goko
Roof plan – click for larger image
House of 8 Gardens by Goko
Sections – click for larger image