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Chabacano House in Querétaro, Mexico by HCE Office of Architecture

Project name:
Casa Chabacano
Architecture firm:
HCE Office of Architecture
Querétaro, Mexico
Fotográfica Mexicana
Principal architect:
Eduardo Herrera Cantú
Design team:
Eduardo Ángeles A., Juan Carlos Rodríguez García, Rafael Sandoval Lozano
Juan Carlos Sánchez
Interior design:
HCE Office of Architecture
Built area:
450 m²
Site area:
1325 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Manuel Salmerón Muñoz
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit
Concrete, steel framing and brickwork as structure. Porcelain floors, tempered glass and wood panel ceilings as finishes
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CE Office of Architecture: Casa Chabacano (A glass concept). The intention of this architectural project for a single-family house is to distribute the spaces on a single floor, except for a basement, which is dedicated to storage, service and garage areas.

 The project program is solved with an “L” scheme, which is integrated into the irregular geometry of the property. The central and articulating point of this scheme is the kitchen and the connection with the basement.

image © Fotográfica Mexicana

Transparency and glass become the most important concept to respect, which begins gradually in the main facade, being visually solid for the most part, except for a third open part and as it makes its way to the side and back garden, where it becomes lighter, until it becomes completely transparent, generating a glass canopy. The cantilevers are essential to achieve the concept of lightness and transparency being of 11 x 16 meters of span.

The palette of materials proposed was mostly of natural and stone materials, all in white and sand colors. For example, the floor is a white marble with sand-gray grain, the stone of the walls (Niwalla) is a porous sand-colored limestone.

The structure is essential to achieve the intentions of transparency and lightness, so the project is solved with a mixed structure of load-bearing walls and columns in 3 general points of the project and a scheme of specially manufactured steel beams of variable and continuous section.

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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