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Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

Two families share wooded Mexican retreat by AE Arquitectos

Mexican studio Andrés Escobar Arquitectos has completed a pitched-roof home that sits atop a stone plinth in the woods of Tapalpa, a small town in the western state of Jalisco.

Two families share the three-storey Casa PE, and an annex pavilion can accommodate extra guests.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

"Each family has their own private areas, but shares the social areas such as the dining and living rooms," said Andrés Escobar Arquitectos,

The home is characterised by a monumental stone plinth, which forms a base for the dwelling. This large feature wraps around the home, creating an elevated terrace.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

The second and third storeys sit atop this feature, and contrast it with their black brick cladding and steeply pitched roofs.

"Sharp geometrical structures and a notable contrast between materials and textures were the result of a meticulous design process," said the firm.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

Visitors enter on grade with garden, through a brightly lit foyer that contains the home's main staircase.

On the ground floor, expansive glass doors open the home's common areas to the outdoors.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

The intermediate level contains four bedrooms, and as many bathrooms. Each room enjoys a private tapanco – a type of mezzanine that roughly translates to attic.

During construction, which completed in 2013, the architects chose to preserve the site's lush surroundings.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

"The topography and numerous trees on the property were a major challenge for the design, as a decision was made to preserve the site intact," the studio said.

"The natural slope allows the private rooms on the second floor as well as the common spaces on the ground floor access to the gardens."

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

The choice of stones from Galicia, Spain, forming the plinth is due to the material's high thermal mass, which retains heat during cooler times of the year.

"Artificial heating sources were not easily accessible," said the architects.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

The interiors of the home display a modern, yet rugged palette of stone, local tile, and wooden accents.

"The interiors are a modern take of traditional elements, expressing a cozy yet refined environment," Andrés Escobar Arquitectos said.

Casa PE by AE Arquitectos

Other project in Mexico include a vacation home with solid masonry walls and a dramatically sweeping roof located outside of Mexico City and a duplex that combines a home and studio for architects in Queretaro.

Photography is by Lorena Darquea.


Project credits:

Architects: AE Arquitectos
Architects in charge: Andrés Escobar, Sergio Romo and Enrique Partida

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