Shaped to Fit: Mexico’s Casa Cuatro by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

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As you look at this house, you’ll see its fan (or “boomerang”) shape immediately; this unique design by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos helps to fit the home well onto an irregularly-shaped lot in its small gated community on the west city limits of Zapopan, Mexico. It’s a peaceful urban area — quiet, surrounded by trees, and as car-free as possible. The clients are actually friends of the architects as well; undoubtedly, this put Hernandez Silva on their mettle! The result is a comfortable modern home with a two-story courtyard; the second story of the home largely appears to “float,” a soothing ambience that carries over to the guest quarters housed there. Central to the home, the staircase connects all three levels; rooms emanate from a central interior corridor as well.

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An open floor plan lets family room, living room, and dining areas blend seamlessly into the deck, pool, and lawn. Colors are cheerfully bright — reds in the seating areas, vivid blue in a spacious bath — yet also understated, balanced with up-lighted greenery and wood grain that warms the space in contrast with the cream-colored walls and furnishings. The home uses simple, natural materials for a casual easy-living feel: planed white steel, enameled aluminum, black and gray quarry stone, walnut, and tempered glass. To maximize natural light, high-gloss paint on the walls adds what the architects call “depth and vibrancy”; the wide wall of windows is augmented with skylights as well. The challenge, to create a livable, comfortable space, is met — and met well — in this flowing plan from Hernandez Silva.

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