Irekua Anatani House
This house was designed by the Broissin Architects to become a natural addition to this plot of land, Located in a mountainous area in Avandaro, Mexico. The clients were two families that were going to share the common areas of the house, so the design had to have the private areas really private but the common areas very accesible to both families.
The name Avandaro comes from Purepecha (native language) word that means, place of the orchard. It was a territory originally inhabited by the tarasco indigenous people, from whose language this house takes its alias, Irekua, Family house, and Anatani, to be under a tree. Irekua Anatani equals Family house under the trees.
“The design of this house responds to the orientation. The south east facade shows itself linear and dominated by a wood curtain that helps us to let the sun’s rays through in the morning in a diminished way, giving the necessary warmth to the hallway that is contained between this screen and the concrete wall that is the main support structure of the house, and gives place to interstices amongst public and private spaces conquered by the living rooms and terraces.” – Gerardo Broissin
Inspired by the land, which lies covered by showy trees, principally by oyamel , pine and encino trees, from the first visit to the property we thought that the house had to enjoy the splendor of living under this density and be intrinsically a part of it by safeguarding most of the trees and the existing forest. This gave meaning to the architectural concept that took as a foundation platform a tranquil and partly open space in the middle of the mountain.
The program was adapted to that topography, adjusting each space according to its use and function within the community of the whole house. The climate is temperate, semi humid with maximum temperatures of 95 °F and a minimum of 37 °F, which is why the design of the house responds to the orientation.
In visual and formal contrast, the south west facade is mostly glass to capture the sunset in the evening and warm up the bedrooms to prepare them for the temperature decrease at night. The north facade tops towards Valle de Bravo’s lake, it is extended in an open-covered arrangement that reinforces the intention of living in a holistic manner with its environment and users, through the principal terrace and the pool.
Meanwhile, the fifth facade is 100% green which maintains a uniform temperature on the ceilings throughout the whole year and camouflages the residence efficiently with its natural context that is the original vein of design.
Project name: Irekua Anatani
Location: Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Coordinates: 19.162883, -100.147556
- Type By Characteristic: Green & Sustainable House, Contemporary House
- Type By Site: Hill House, Forest House
- Type By Size: Large House – (more than 650 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Concrete House
Materials: Reinforced concrete, wood and steel
Site area: n/a
Project area: 700 sqm
Construction Year/Period: 2015-2016
Completion Year: 2016
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
- Broissin Architects – Mexico City, Mexico
Lead Designer: Gerardo Broissin
- Mauricio Cristobal, Alejandro Rocha, Thelma Blake, Monserrat Jimenez, Oscar Aguilar, Damariz Gonzalez, Alejandra Carranza, Alejandro Dávalos and Pablo Morales
Project Leader: Arq. Adrian Tellez
Contractor : Miguel Campero
- Structural Engineer: Ing Humberto Girón
Selected suppliers & subcontractors, Manufacturers:
- Furniture: Marina Pani
Text Description: © Courtesy of Broissin Architects
Images: © Broissin Architects, Alexandre d’ La Roche