Casa Ventura emerges like a cliff face on a hilltop

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Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao has designed Casa Ventura “floating” on a hilltop in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo León of Mexico. It emerges in all its specific glory from its forested terrain and overlooks the beautiful city of Monterrey, Mexico.

This 1,230 m² family home took approximately three years to complete due to the challenging location of two and a half acres of rugged terrain with varied topography.

The site is sloping and the client requested a single-storey house with a clear division between public and private spaces as well as energy efficiency.

Bilbao then looked at Julius Schulman’s photographs of 1950s modernist homes for inspiration to design the pentagonal modular Casa Ventura. The solution is to subdivide the house into several blocks that connect to each other with just a few steps. Each area of ​​the house is wrapped in a pentagon and each pentagon fits the terrain.

The result is a very flexible house, open and flowing horizontally. The spaces allow for free and continuous transport with each unit made to accommodate its terrain slope.

The public spaces are located on a flatter area and have free circulation while the private spaces are nestled in a terraced design inside the pitched roof. A spiral staircase connects both areas to allow free-flowing and uninterrupted circulation.

In terms of construction materials, Casa Ventura mainly uses concrete to create harmony with the natural living environment. Bilbao says the family home is “built up like another cliff overhang or like a puzzle piece from the same slope.”

It is a house that “grows organically on the hill and becomes an integral part of the natural environment.”


Image courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao

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