Project: Low-Impact Holiday Home
Architects: PPAA Arquitectos Asociados, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
Lead Architect: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas Terán, Jose Luis Jimenez Rojas, BVG ingenierías
Builder/General Contractor: Eulalio
Location: Aculco, Mexico
Area 90.0 m2
Project Year 2017
Photographer: Rafael Gamo
Text by PPAA
The Aculco project is a low-impact holiday home surrounded by nature in the middle of nowhere. It is the ideal place to get some rest from modern living in a natural environment, that has some impressive cliffs close by.
The place was found by two brothers who love outdoor activities while they were in a rock-climbing trip. The Aculco project was ordered by them a couple of years after they bought the area and reforested it.
The architectural project was mainly guided by the qualities of the environment, so we sought to establish a reciprocal dialogue between the construction and its natural surroundings. We went for simplicity, minimal need of maintenance and intimacy with the panorama and the land itself.
The house is made of block walls of quarry stone from the area, clay floors, wood and glass. We left every material in its raw state without covering it. The construction´s clear spaces become almost solely a container of views.
On another note, we found ourselves before a major challenge during the construction; this is, to cause the less possible impact on the environment, while we also had to procure ourselves the necessary workforce and materials in an isolated place.