Linear volumes featuring board-marked concrete, masonry and wood make up this angular home, made by Mexican firm Di Frenna Arquitectos.
Casa Nicté-Ha is positioned in Colima City in central-western Mexico, close to a compact lake and the Colima volcano.
Di Frenna Arquitectos, which is also primarily based in Colima, made the five,576-square-foot (518-square-metre) home as a stack of volumes constructed from a mix of supplies – which includes beige concrete, regional stone, steel beams, glass and wood.
These earthy tones suit the organic setting and have been informed by the landscapes of Casa Nicté-Ha – a Mayan legend that offers its name to the residence.
In the tragic like story, a royal warrior falls in like with Nicté-Ha – the daughter of the guardian of cenotes. The girl dies and is transformed into a water lily, though the heart of the prince into a red bird.
In Casa Nicté-Ha, a dark rendered two-storey volume is slotted into the middle of the home. Cobbled stone walls flank either side to make up the rest of the ground floor level, as nicely as lift the board-marked concrete volumes that comprehensive the floor above.
A cantilever juts out from the street-facing facade, to generate an overhang above the front door and a covered two-auto garage.
Wood slats cover windows about the home, adding privacy and blocking sunlight from getting into. A flat roof topping the residence enhances its angular building.
Every of the interlocking volumes is made to host a diverse function. At the rear of the residence is a covered outside dining area and bar, accessed from a sliding glass door. A series of steel pillars on the left side help the volume upstairs.
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Inside, a balanced materiality of dark and light characterises the decor, which includes white-painted walls, warm wood and concrete floors, exposed steel beams, and other black and brown accents.
A double-height kitchen and dining location is positioned in the primary middle volume, a step above an adjoining sitting location. This adjust in level is signified by a dark wood floor and beneath lighting, which adjoins the concrete.
The massive kitchen island is produced of granite and joined by a reduced, wooden counter to type an L-shape. A suspended staircase with dark actions runs along a concrete wall up to the 1st-floor hallway, which overlooks the kitchen under.
3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are accessed from right here. A different bedroom and two bathrooms are positioned on the ground floor.
Outdoors, Casa Nicté-Ha is accompanied by a grassy yard comprehensive with an outside patio, pool and lush plantings.
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Photography is by Onnis Luque.
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Architects: Matia Di Frenna Muller, Mariana de la Mora
Engineers: Juan Gerardo Guardado Avila, Victor Romero