This singular vacation house is located near Tapalpa in a secluded wooded area. The house adapts to its context through two rectangular volumes that define the usage areas. The first volume is where all daytime activities happen; the entrance, dining room, kitchen, living room, and terrace. This volume is elevated, generating a dialog with the surrounding forest.
The second volume contains the private areas. The bedrooms are connected by a corridor with a horizontal window that frames the forest outside. The space between the two volumes is articulated through an entrance hall built out of flagstone and wood walls. These regional materials generate a feeling of absolute respect for the surrounding context.
The goal of this project was to redefine the concept of a typical country house of the region. This request by the client, a young family in search of a holiday retreat outside the city, was a fundamental aspect for the outcome of this work.
Located near Tapalpa and sheltered by a wooded area, this unique rest house adapts to its environment by two bays that define use areas.
In the first of these areas lie day: entrance, kitchen, living room and terrace, whose elevation field generates an immediate dialogue with the pine forest. The second bay houses the private part of the house, the bedroom, connected by a corridor that frames the forest through a horizontal window.
The articulation of both bays is generated through the lobby space from which to appreciate the use of local materials, solid walls, flagstone and wood, creating a feeling of absolute respect for the environment.
With concern to redefine the classic mountain house-in the region, the order requested by a young family looking to own a lounge area outside the city, was instrumental in the outcome of the work.
This project will appreciate the use of local materials, solid walls of stone and wood slab of quinillo Juanacatlán and pine beams and slabs are covered with clay tiles, generating a feeling of absolute respect environment.
Project name: Casa TOC
Location: Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico
Type: Holiday House, Forest House, Country House, Wood House
Project Area: 320 sqm
Design Year: 2008
Completion Year: 2010
- 2009 Biennial of Architecture Awards – 6th in Jalisco – Gold Medal
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Elias Rizo Arquitectos, Gral. Eulogio Parra 2802, col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco; Mexico
Project Team: Suarez Elías Rizo, Rizo Alejandro Suarez, Paul Alexanderson, Rossana Valdivia, Jorge Verdin, Carlos Miramontes, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Roberto Contreras, Jenny Mora, Paola Hernandez
Construction: Elías Rizo Suarez
Calculation: Ricardo Ortiz
Electrical: Eliseo Vasquez
Hidro Health Facility: Guillermo Garibay
Landscape: Elías Rizo Suárez
Text Description: © Courtesy of Elias Rizo Arquitectos
Images: © Marcos Garcia, Mito Covarrubias, Elias Rizo Arquitectos