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LL House in León, Mexico by Taller5 Arquitectos

The León-based architecture firm Taller5 Arquitectos has recently completed ''Casa LL'' a single family home that is located in León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Project description by architect:

Located within an upward steep slope and considering a wide program of necessities, the project required a dialogue of minimum topographic impact; that pursues something “special” in the terrain. Casa LL manages, in a successful way, the user´s enjoyable coexistence with the project’s material composition; which combines the perfect balance between outdoor views, distribution and privacy. It also manages for both horizontal and vertical routes to be light and peaceful through the project.

a modern house in the jungle surrounded by trees image © Oscar Hernández

In a street view, Casa LL exalts its character with three blocks that demonstrate the distribution program´s rationality. One dark, strong body at the construction base contains the project´s services and elevates the social amenities which are perceived with an apparent concrete wall carefully labored, yielding prominence to a wooden cube that highlights the main entrance.

a big tree in front of the house at night image © Oscar Hernández

A light colored cube composed of two openings shapes the house´s closing element creating a feeling of lightness. Privacy is obtained by expressing material contrast throughout the work.

The house´s main entrance elevates half floor over the street level, consists of a stairwell composition that carries the user though a small access square directly to the lobby. At main level, the house itself is a social area, it directly connects kitchen, living room, office, garden and swimming pool; allowing visual permeability though glass panels that separates house and central garden´s areas. 

modern kitchen with round dining table image © Oscar Hernández

A black crystal cube, placed such as an inert monolith between kitchen and dining room vestibules the area, generates attractive reflections from any visual angle and encloses kitchen equipment and cupboard.

the shovels made of steel image © Oscar Hernández

The double height main living room distends the garden and swimming pool views thought sizeable windows. This is where the stairwell yields its leadership throughout a rising elegant steel case spiral from base to main level, continuing its way over the upper railing, creating an ethereal effect.

spiral staircase with black metal handrail image © Oscar Hernández

sofas located near spiral staircase image © Oscar Hernández

The swimming pool, which is one of the projects main axis, is contained within a mixed box of concrete and glass panels. It integrates to the program with direct access from the base and upper levels. This particular area manages to become a space for relaxation, recreation and contemplation. The slab serves as a fifth facade and visual aid from the houses base level and terrace.

concrete house with big windows and pool inisde image © Oscar Hernández

The upper level gathers private areas devoted to family´s coexistence; the terrace turns its back to the main street in an intimate gesture, guiding visuals towards the natural landscape though a crystal wall that serves protection from the exterior. This terrace also disposes of a small agora that serves as a small external oven for outdoors coexistence. A meditation-study area finishes off the last level, providing amazing views at day and night time.

outdoor furniture at rooftop terrace image © Oscar Hernández

The volume´s plastic character is achieved by the use of Natural and stony materials; different marble pieces; apparent concrete with in high and low reliefs, and naturally toned woodworks that serve the project´s warmth plot.

cozy living room with large windows and comfort sofa image © Oscar Hernández

modern bedroom image © Oscar Hernández

LL House in León, Mexico by Taller5 Arquitectosimage © Oscar Hernández

washing basins in a bathroom with marble image © Oscar Hernández

toilet room with marble wall image © Oscar Hernández

bathroom with open skylight let the natural sun light enters image © Oscar Hernández

Basement Floor Plan Basement Floor Plan 

Ground Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan 

First Floor Plan First Floor Plan 

Second Floor Plan Second Floor Plan 

Roof Floor Plan Roof Floor Plan 

Section A-ASection A-A

Section B-BSection B-B

Section C-CSection C-C

Section D-DSection D-D

East ElevationEast Elevation

West ElevationWest Elevation

North ElevationNorth Elevation


Project name: Casa LL

Architecture firm: Taller5 Arquitectos 

Lead Architects: Elisa Lerma García de Quevedo, Octavio Arreola Calleros

Design team: Juan Manuel Vallejo, Salvador Rodríguez, Maximiliano Jaime, José Maldonado, Katia Sojo.

Location: León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Completion year: 2019

Area: 739.35 m²

Structure: ICNUM S.A. DE C.V.

Landscape: Salvador Mendiola

Interior design: Patricia Francoulon Álvarez

Photography: Oscar Hernández

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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