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Zacatitos 04 designed by Campos Studio

The Vancouver-based interdisciplinary design studio Campos Studio has designed "Zacatitos 04" that located in Los Zacatitos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Project description by the architects: 

This project is an exploration of the modernist pavilion in an extreme desert context. The site is a west-facing rocky knoll with distant views of a volcanic mountain ridge to the west and the Sea of Cortez to the south. The organization of the architectural program is used to create a passive solar response to the constraints of a challenging site and modest construction budget.

The pool at the Zacatitos 04 designed by Campos Studioimage © John Sinal 

The project utilizes a relatively small building footprint on the steeply sloping site - organizing the public living areas on a series of cascading platforms, shaded and sheltered by a single monolithic rectangular volume that houses the bedrooms above. The circulation corridor on the upper floor features a southwest-facing perforated exterior wall that absorbs the intense solar gain, isolating the inboard bedrooms from the heat while also creating a pressure differential that results in effective passive ventilation.

The night view of the house image © John Sinal 

The house located in the desert image © John Sinal 

The upper volume is supported lightly on three points, with the majority of the main floor opening into the landscape through a series of operable glass panels. There is a large internal rectangular opening in the upper box, through which a cantilevered stair rises upward over the plunge pool. This deep opening blocks direct sunlight from penetrating into the exteriorized living space below while providing an open connection to the sky above the exterior living area and pool.

The beautiful concrete staircase of the houseimage © John Sinal 

The living room of the house image © John Sinal 

The corridor of the houseimage © John Sinal isometric viewIsometric viewbasement plan drawingBasement plan

ground floor plan Ground Floor plan

first floor plan First floor plan

Architect:  Campos Studio 

Area: 2400 ft²

Year: 2014 

Photographer: John Sinal


By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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