El Tirón is a housing project consisting of two independent dwellings, located on a narrow and irregular plot of land, populated by an assortment of high-density trees.
The architectural design emphasized the continuity and fluidity of the space, guiding us through a linear path that meanders along the land and incorporates volumes and patios as the project develops.
The front of the property features a double-height studio, while the far end houses a disaggregated residence. The aim was to maintain the original essence of the land by preserving all existing trees. This resulted in the creation of interior patios with abundant vegetation. These patios extend the living space, getting us close to nature and enhancing spatial continuity by creating a sequence of “open and close” areas as we traverse deeper into the property. Additionally, they provide a perfect opportunity for ample cross-ventilation.
From the entrance, we go through a tunnel that leads us to the rear house without the need to go through the front studio. This was designed to ensure connectivity between the two living spaces without losing privacy. The pool, situated in the sunniest area of the property, acts as a meeting point between the two areas while maintaining them separately.
The studio layout encompasses a kitchen and dining area, and a double-height living room all-in-one accompanied by an interior patio, while the mezzanine level includes a bedroom with a full bathroom.
The textured, ribbed concrete wall that surrounds the patio also connects with the pool, providing a cohesive and unified design character.
Upon arriving at the rear house, a small courtyard with a staircase surrounding a large zapote tree welcomes visitors, leading them into the kitchen. The kitchen serves as the social center of the house, catering to the client’s enjoyment of cooking. The program of the rear house includes two bedrooms with bathrooms, a flexible pavilion, and storage areas, all sharing interior terraces. The second floor was designed with a focus on the contemplation of the surrounding treetops.
The exterior of the building contrasts with the open spaces of the interior areas. The facade is set back from the alignment appearing monolithic in nature and is and is framed by a mamey tree. The design concept for both spaces focuses on using materials with visible finishes that honor artisanal work and highlight the construction process.