The Hill in Front of the Glen
HW Studio Morelia, Mexico
The project is mimicked in the landscape, manifesting its presence only with concrete walls. Two to retain the soil, and the other two to form a path wide enough to pass through but narrow enough to do so in single file. The access to the house slopes downward slightly, conducive to reflection, interrupted only by a vigorous tree and culminating in a gentle vault that marks the entrance.
The public areas are placed left of the house and face a ravine, while on the other side the more private zones are organized around a courtyard from which one can gaze at the sky and the treetops. A reduced palette of materials – stone, wood, concrete, and steel – combines with strategies to conceal MEP services, electrical appliances, and light fittings, creating an ancestral atmosphere, the primitive mountain refuge.