design et al are delighted to announce that CDM Casas de Mexico has been shortlisted for residential Architectural Property Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2019.
LJ30 is a house with the essence of the Mexican Haciendas and based on a Pa Kua map of five elements, giving the project its identity and harmony.
The place where we can really be ourselves it is the place where we feel identify and where we feel that we belong there, the place that gives us the answers to the questions that have always been there, who are we? Who we were? And most importantly, who we want to be? The architectural spaces should push us as users to ask ourselves these questions and try to answer them.
The foundations of this project are two ideas coming from two different and unique worlds, the Mexican western tradition of the haciendas, and the eastern beliefs of the Feng Shui. The architectural program is born from the client´s passion with the Mexican haciendas and how they connect the public and private spaces through a central patio that works as a central axis of the house, giving the spaces the quality of coexisting between them. In this way CDM Casas De Mexico create different atmospheres in every space depending on the time of day and the season.
The brief was to create a house for a family of five, that means a lot of visits, and a lot of family and friend reunions, that is why CDM Casas de Mexico created great social spaces where everyone is welcome, and connected these with the central patio to give the spaces a pace sensation.
The way the spaces are distributed around the house responds to the concept of equilibrium, creating calm atmospheres and a sense of tranquillity, all this by using a Pa Kua map. The house entrance has a mirror of water inspired on the Andalusians fountains, on top of the mirror of water CDM placed the path to the entrance, a wooden double door that gives you the feeling of leaving the noise and the stress of the city behind. After crossing the principal door the first thing you see is a great and peaceful Magnolia tree surrounded by vegetation right in the middle axis of the house.
This central patio can take us to three principal spaces represented by the Pa Kua map, the steel, represented by the matt black steel staircase that works as a connection between the social and private areas. Then, we have the fire, represented by the kitchen that works more as a social space and not as a work space, through this space you can also get to an outside fire pit showing clearly the fire element. The last one is the wood that is represented by the public spaces, the living area and the terrace, divided by a great wooden cube that hide a bar on its interior. All this is surrounded by nature, different kinds of trees and vegetation that completes the Ka Pua map and gives the house the feeling harmony and peace.