A-001 Taller de Arquitectura have completed the design and development of Casa del Viento, a contemporary residence in the city of Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Reflecting the cultural mix that characterizes the region, the architecture of the building includes a variety of materials, ranging from exposed concrete and glass to the more traditional stone. The result is an imposing modern mansion, complete with a terrace the owners wanted for meditation, small balconies and a swimming pool reflecting the silhouette of Tepoztlán.
Each room has its own personality and opens up to 180 degree views of the neighboring hill. The inhabitants can enjoy a landscape that changes continuously through the day, as the sun transits the sky. Sustainable features of Casa del Viento include use of solar heaters, rainwater capturing systems and natural ventilation. Enjoy the virtual tour and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic