Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

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Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

Project: Casa Zenteno
Architects: Sebastian Mariscal Studio in collaboration with Alfonso Frade
Landscape: Sebastian Mariscal & Alfonso Frade
Construction: FradeLab
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Year 2018
Text: Oscar Ramírez
Photography: Rafael Gamo

Casa Zenteno began with a deep study of our client’s needs, the context and site restrictions. Located on the west side of the city, within a private residential development, introspection and best sunlight conditions were some of the main objectives.

Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

The façade as a continuous light screen, seems to reveal the interior, but only diffuses it.

Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

As you approach the entrance, a compact space, a wooden box, leads you to a double height space displayed as a pavilion. Walls are detached from its vertices, not touching, the carved out spaces play an effect of multiple depths of light.

living room, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

The roof, as a solid shell, contracts at the top of the screen-wall allowing the light to flood the space, revealing the container of the bougainvillea above, that freely delineates and softens the main façade. Vestibule, living room and study intertwine as a single space, from here, your wandering eye takes you to a sequence of materials, one leads to the next as they merge along your path.

Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

Walls contract and expand as you move and as the level changes, it invites you to pause and lower your eyes to discover each space.

staircase, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

In the site, three architectural characters with their own identity, although sequential, contain the garden for intimacy.

plan 1

In the background another screen, now in wood, keeps the intimate space of the master bedroom with a pitch roof while along with the garden´s vegetation filters the terrain stepping down to the basement and the service areas.

Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade
Casa Zenteno resembles a piece of clothing, as a suit of various textiles, composed by a set of pieces of exposed concrete, brick and wood assembled with a sinuous and detailed embroidery.

Casa Zenteno, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

plan 2

bedroom, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

interior architecture, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

pavilion, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

outdoor, Mexico City / Sebastian Mariscal Studio & Alfonso Frade

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