Red Clay Brick Load-Bearing Walls Add Warmth and Character to This Home In Mexico | E8 Housing

Red Clay Brick Load-Bearing Walls Add Warmth and Character to This Home In Mexico | E8 Housing

Designed by Meir Lobaton Corona + Rafael Ortiz Cervantes, E8 Housing is a single house for a family of four in Mexico. The project features red clay brick load bearing walls that create a continuous texture interrupted by wooden doors and windows. Read more about the project below on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

Rather than being the result of a formal strategy, the spatial and volumetric complexity of the project is the result of the client's programmatic guidelines and constraints: four families with different requirements and sometimes conflicting demands.

Thus, the resulting spaces and volumes appear to be rooted in the ground, as opposed to being imposed by the architect.

Red Clay Brick Load-Bearing Walls

In a seamless three-dimensional puzzle, the boundaries of the four units are blurred, giving the impression that the building is a single house rather than a collection of apartments. The apparent red clay brick walls, which are load-bearing, create a continuous texture that is occasionally interrupted by wooden doors and window frames, reinforcing this condition.

It was natural to fold back the built volumes towards the western boundary in response to the site's geometry, dimensions, and orientation, allowing for a semi-deciduous garden that serves as a natural buffer and gathering place between the dwellings.

There is a contrast between the massiveness and rough texture of the architecture and the delicacy of the vegetation, which, hopefully, will eventually take over the built spaces.

Project Details

Architecture Firm: Meir Lobaton Corona, Rafael Ortiz Cervantes
Area: 1300 m²
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

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