LOCATION: Xochimilco, Oaxaca de Juárez, México YEAR: 2016
In an irregular lot, in a cul-de-sac of the Barrio de Xochimilco, two houses share intertwined spaces common spaces while still retaining privacy and character.
The immediate challenge was the actual spot, this was an entrenched lot, surrounded by the medianeras of two-story plus buildings. The idea was to oppose those surrounding elements with the oposite, white clean volumes intersected by green open spaces.
To resolve the issue of the two separate houses we adapted these houses along two parallel patios (using the actual trees in the site) and both houses along those same patios. To allow access to the second house, the first house is permeable allowing the passage to the second patio while remaining privately separated. Both houses have 2 floors and an all around access to the roof which now soars above the neighbors allowing an open view of Xochimilco.