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Amanali House in Hidalgo, Mexico designed by Rojkind Arquitectos

The Mexico city-based architectural firm Rojkind Arquitectos has recently completed ''Amanali House'' a weekend retreat that located in Tepeji del Rio, Hidalgo, Mexico.

Project description by the architects:

Amanali House is located 40 minutes north of Mexico City in a residential development near the town of Tepeji del Rio (from the nahuatl language “boulders” on the river). The town is located on the path of the historic Camino Real a Querétaro and functioned as a rest stop for travelers between the country’s capital and northern cities during colonial times. Since, the town of Tepeji del Rio has developed as a quiet town and weekend retreat for the people of Mexico City and Querétaro that enjoy the areas year-round mild weather and access to water sports at the Requena reservoir.

top view of the house captured with drone image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

The house was conceived as weekend retreat for outdoor living with no clear boundaries between inside and outside. Rather than stepping out of the home to the garden, the garden becomes part of the house and vice versa.

house created in shape of volumes image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

All circulations are kept outdoors. The site is a semi-rectangular plot that slopes down towards the developments golf course and offers views of the reservoir and the distant mountains.

architectural diagram showing the topography

Five prismatic volumes or “boulders” are covered in a local porous dark stone. The volumes respectively house the living area, kitchen-dining area and bedrooms and are connected by a meandering outdoor path. The house is gradually discovered as one descends from street level though the intimate alley that gives the complex a medieval hill-town feel.

concrete steps connecting different part of the house image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

Each volume is connected though large glazed openings with retractable frames to its own private outdoor terrace or patio surrounded by drought tolerant landscape. The journey down the house ends by opening again to the distant views at the bottom of the site housing a pool and garden.

The dark stone walls function as thermal collectors trapping heat from the sun during the day and releasing it at night. Temperature in the house is regulated by natural cross ventilation. All materials are locally sourced and the landscape indigenous to the area.

stairs to the corridor of home image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

husband looking at his wive and son from rooftop image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

the house walls made of stones image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

a man with his child swimming in the backyard pool image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

house facade made with stone material image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

Amanali House in Hidalgo, Mexico designed by Rojkind Arquitectosimage © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

house with open terraces image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

vegetation gown on the roof of the house image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

a house with lake and mountain views image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

the wall texture made of local stonesimage © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

the shadow of trees on stone walls image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

outdoor living space with outdoor furniture image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

rooftop with stone and gravel image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

outdoor corridors connecting the volumes of the house image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

backyard garden with swimming pool image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

black metallic staircase image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

man walking in the room image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

the parents playing with their kid on a hanged net image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

the house illuminated with artificial light at night image © Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Site Floor Plan

architectural section

architectural section

east facade

west facade

north facade

Project name: Amanali House

Architecture firm: Rojkind Arquitectos, Michel Rojkind [Founding Partner] Gerardo Salinas [Partner]

Location: Tepeji del Rio, Hidalgo, Mexico

Construction area: 338 m²

Design year: 2013

Design Team: Alfredo Hernández, Gad Peralta, Herminio González, Victoria Grossi, Bárbara Trujillo, Adrián Aguilar, Scarlet Baron de Grote, Adrián Krezlik, Beatriz Zavala, Daniel Gaytán, Andrea León, Rosalba Rojas, Lorena García Cordero Sasía

Structural engineer: Ing. Juan Felipe Heredia Mellado

MEP: GESA Arquitectura

Landscape consultant: Entorno Taller de Paisaje

Lighting consultant: Ditto Iluminación

Photographer: Jaime Navarro 

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