Architect Jorge Ramírez has preserved an old fruit tree, tired mud walls, and decorative archways in his family’s 1930s home in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and then added a white yoga studio on best.
Ramírez, who is also a multidisciplinary artist, transformed the “tiny and old” residence in the central Mexican city. Completed in the 1930s, the original 1-storey home is an instance of neocolonial architecture – a revival of the 17th-century colonial style.
Getting currently lived there for 10 years, Ramírez aimed to retain the current information of the 1-storey-higher loved ones house in tact, such as weathered mud-brick walls, and crumbling render and brickwork.
The extension is a distinct white volume placed more than the best, to generate a yoga studio for himself and his wife to practice. The layering of structures is comparable to how the Aztecs constructed their ancient pyramids in the city, Ramírez told Dezeen.
“As effectively as the ancient pyramids, exactly where the new structure was constructed more than the earlier 1, leaving it drowned inside, a respectful envelope for the neocolonial house was created,” he stated.
“The expansion delicately shelters and exhibits the original types, components and supplies,” Ramírez added. “Every 1 of the constructive stages is clearly established.”
The white-rendered addition envelopes the front of the residence with brickwork left exposed on the base. It has two windows on the ground floor that give light into twin bedrooms for the architect’s young children, even though a slender protruding window and a tiny opening illuminate the studio.
In the extension, a tiny yard is positioned at the front of the residence. A ceiba tree that grows right here is visible from the street, and offers the property its name.
A rough stone spiral staircase twists up beside the tree to lead to the new upper space. Huge glass doors open from the yoga studio onto a terrace, which options gravel flooring and a tiny pool. Thick adobe walls – a mud-primarily based building – offer the backdrop.
The rest of Ceiba Home is accessed from the tiny open-air space at the front. The original front door leads from right here into the original hallway, and then onto a second courtyard. New glass walls enclose this location, which is completed with a big beaucarnea plant and an exposed water tank, which Ramírez added as a reference to ancient Islamic cisterns.
Huge glass walls contrast the current decor, like the painted 3-pointed archway, and slide open onto the kitchen and dining space inside.
A slender hallway leads previous the kitchen to the third, bigger courtyard, featuring peeling and cracked rendered walls, and a large sapote fruit tree that rises from a circular brickwork plant pot.
Similarly, a mesquite tree serves as focal point for a house by created by BAG Arquitectura, and also in Aguascalientes.
In Ceiba Home, the tree is set in front of a significant window fronting Ramírez’s studio.
Other accommodation on the ground floor involves the master bedroom suite and a living space, which are arranged to run along 1 side of the current developing. Twin bedrooms occupy the decrease level of the new portion at the front.
To finish the interiors, a wealthy palette of warm, dark woods, vibrant paint, and lots of greenery offsets the worn-out information.
Ramírez likens the simplicity of the project to the function of celebrated Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
“Ceiba House keeps away from the wonderful formal pretensions and exaggerations to which most architects are provided, its uncomplicated facade and a refined interior design and style complete of symbolism, vegetation and intimate spaces, bring back at occasions these words that Luis Barragán warned have been getting forgotten by the architects: beauty, inspiration, magic, spellbound, enchantment, serenity, silence, intimacy and amazement,” he stated.
Mexico’s architecture went from strength to strength this year, as featured in our review of 2018. Standout residential projects included a property produced of board-marked concrete blocks and a home featuring a secluded swimming pool.
Photography is by Paulina Ojeda.