Residence on the hills
Casa Z, a residence on the hills, designed by Zozaya Arquitectos in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, has a very tropical and pacific vibe to it. Located on one of the highest hills in Zihuatanejo, on a trapezoidal land with an area of 500 m2, it has been designed by the prestigious architects, Enrique Zozaya and Daniel Zozaya of Zozaya Arquitectos.
Casa Z is a very good example of their architectural aspirations and has been designed with the least disruption to the beautiful surrounding environment. The main concept of the project was to create a minimalist house with rich social spaces where users could enjoy the panoramic views and the climate of the region.
The surface of the land is irregular, with the main access being on the upper part of the land, therefore three levels were proposed comprising of two volumes that would be staggered to take advantage and respect the topography.
The central volume of the house consists of two juxtaposed rectangular volumes composed of twenty-five centimeters thick walls. The upper rectangular volume has the function of the master bedroom, this space frames the view and creates the sensation of being flying in the air due to the altitude. The street facade uses a double skin façade made up of vertical bamboo, generating privacy and solar protection to the room.
The intermediate level of the house has the main function of a social area, from this level you can descend to access the terrace and pool area. The infinity pool reflects the panoramic view and ocean on the water adding a sensation of a continuous flow.
The architectural piece uses essential materials such as concrete, steel, local limestone, and bamboo. This mix of materials and local construction techniques gives the house a strong modern and tropical personality, successfully adapting to its context and being in harmony with nature.
Contact Details: www.zozayaarquitectos.com
(This article was originally published in The Tiles Of India July-August 2019 issue).