Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

Delfino Lozano revitalises 1970s Mexican house Casa A690

Mexican architect Delfino Lozano has renovated a house in Zapopan, Mexico to include a mix of Mediterranean and Mexican aesthetics, which he describes as "Mexiterrean".

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

Called Casa A690, the property is a three-storey home that dates back to the 1970s.

It comprises a rectangular ground floor volume and two-stepped blocks on top. The exterior walls are rendered white, while its flat rooftops are covered in terracotta tiles that add warmth to the otherwise stark palette.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

Lozano developed the aesthetic of the overhaul to be a fusion of Mediterranean and Mexican architecture and materials.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

"We use the term Mexiterraneo to describe the materials and feeling we try to give our projects, in which we interpret the Mediterranean architecture – simple, pure materials – and mix it with our Mexican traditional architecture, in this case represented by the architecture," the architect told Dezeen, who also goes by Fino.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

Several courtyards are slotted within the property, including one with a grey-brick feature wall.

The project also features several arched and circular windows, openings and doors, while a linear staircase cuts through the home in the main living area and leads to a home office.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

"The original construction had basic rectangular windows, we added arched windows, renovated the interiors and also added new spaces as the client's studio," Lozano said.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

Inside, spaces feature grey concrete walls and cabinets and contrasting elements of dark wood, as seen in built-in cabinets, benches and furniture.

An outdoor pathway passes along the side of Casa A690 and leads to the entrance, foyer and central stairwell.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

A kitchen and living area is located towards the front of the property.

Another area on the ground floor accommodates a double-height dining and sitting room with sliding glass doors that open onto a grassy courtyard.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

"The pursuit of generating interesting paths when moving from one zone to the other gave value to the volumes and informed with the proposed design," said Lozano.

"As a result, the rooftops became usable terraces and architectural elements like the stairs turned into sculptures."

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

A mezzanine with a desk overlooks the living room below, and two bedrooms and a home office are also located upstairs.

The top floor contains a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a terrace, and can also be accessed from an outdoor stairwell.

Casa A690 by Fino Lozano

The layout of Casa A690 is similar to Casa Azul that Lozano also renovated in Zapopan, which also has courtyards slotted within the main volume.

The architect's other projects include  brickwork dwelling Casa G in the Mexican city, and the renovation of a traditional house in Guadalajara.

Photography is by César Béjar.


Project credits:

Collaborators: Gloria López Aceves, María Fernanda Rodríguez Lozano, Daniel Villalba, Sebastián Aldrete, Isaac Padilla, Jonathan Castellanos
Structural engineer: Deflino Lozano
Engineer: Sistro Ingenieria y Proyectos
Plumbing: Juan Pablo Ojeda
Woodwork: Ameba
Ironwork: Alberto Flores
Finishes: Mooma Mosaicos
Landscape design: Interior en V

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