Iguana House

Iguana House

Architect
OBRA BLANCA
Location
Veracruz, Mexico
Project Year
2016
Category
Private Houses
Adrian Llaguno / Documentacion Arquitectonica
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Cement and concreteCEMEX
Aluminum windows and door framesChe Alum
Chucum tree resinChukum
Carpentry workRamon Juarez
Concrete prestressed beam and vault block floor systemRocacero

Product Spec Sheet
Cement and concrete
by CEMEX
Aluminum windows and door frames
Chucum tree resin
by Chukum
Carpentry work
Concrete prestressed beam and vault block floor system

Iguana House

OBRA BLANCA as Architects

Casa Iguana can be synthesized in three independent volumes connected by a bridge. The space generated in between is delimited by three lattice facades made out of thin clay bricks arranged in the same way in which a tower of cards is raised, evoking the cornices on walls and balconies used in some of the traditional constructions of the region. Located just four hundred meters away from the Gulf of Mexico, the house faces an environment of high humidity, corrosion and strong wind gusts called "nortes".


As part of the requirements, the house should be quiet, a refuge from the routine. Despite being a residence of permanent use, the spaces transport the user to a Veracruz of recreation and rest, emulating the characteristics of the “danzón”, a traditional dance of the region; paused, calmed, precise and romantic. On the ground floor, the single family house has a public and service program organized within the limits of the three volumes. On the first floor, on the other hand, we find an exclusively private program, distributing one bedroom in each volume.


The house is supported over a concrete skirting board, a monolithic extension of the foundation that emerges from the earth; like the roots of a tree, reflection of its structural basis. Light plays an important role when it works in conjunction with the lattice walls. A game of light and shadow runs through the spaces, materializing the passage of time.


The naturally exposed materials give the house their color and texture inside and outside. The concrete elements and the exposed beam/vault block ceiling system get balanced by the warm feeling of the clay bricks on walls and floors; the external perimeter of each volume is covered with a flattened made by a mixture of white cement and chucum resin. They are all of easy maintenance and enough presence to dignify the work over time.

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