Housing in Mexico. Solar position, wind and trees as guidelines for the project
Housing in Mexico. Solar position, wind and trees as guidelines for the project

Traversa House is located in an area used as a cattle ranch in the city of Tanlajas, central Mexico, and is designed by Marina Vella Arquitectura studio as a temporary accommodation for the owners and friends who visit and watch over the area

The architecture of the place is a vernacular architecture considered to be the cultural heritage of the Huasteca, one of the four regions of the Mexican state, both because of the materials used and because of the construction techniques and concepts of conservation of their environment

Housing in Mexico. Solar position, wind and trees as guidelines for the project

The house is designed as a long and narrow strip nestled on the ground, which integrates and blends into the landscape, and enhances the construction techniques and materials used in the vernacular dwellings of the place. At the same time, it is in keeping with the studio's architectural principles and with the context and its climatic requirements

Housing in Mexico. Solar position, wind and trees as guidelines for the project

The project is developed in four modules that are intended for the social area and the sleeping area and articulated in a system of patios and circulation axes that permit several simultaneous activities, avoiding visual and acoustic clashes. Thanks to the inclined lines, ventilated and welcoming spaces are created that frame the landscape. The roof references the effect generated by the treetops and at the same time defines the lines of the mountains

Housing in Mexico. Solar position, wind and trees as guidelines for the project

The materials used are Otate bamboo and Tanlajas stones, both of which are local and made from earth. The stone in the facades protects the building from humidity and in order to keep the living spaces cool and enjoyable, a construction system called "enjarre" is used. The separation between the roof and the walls generates a natural ventilation and avoids any mechanical system

Housing in Mexico. Solar position, wind and trees as guidelines for the project

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