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Keita House in Colima, Mexico by Di Frenna Arquitectos

Project name:
Casa Keita
Architecture firm:
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Colima, Mexico
Onnis Luque
Principal architect:
Matia Di Frenna Müller
Design team:
Matia Di Frenna Müller, Mariana De la Mora
Juan Guardado Avila, Hugo saucedo
Interior design:
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Built area:
283 m²
Site area:
740 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Juan Guardado
Structural engineer:
Hugo Saucedo
Environmental & MEP:
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Tools used:
Di Frenna Arquitectos
Brick, Steel, Glass, Concrete, Wood
Residential › House

Completed in 2019 by Colima-based architecture firm Di Frenna Arquitectos, Casa Keita is a single-family home located in Colima City in Mexico

Architect's statement: Reinterpreting the typology of a Mexican house in a contemporary version, was the premise to design Keita House, where the central patio became the circulation and main view of the residence. This last one, serves as the project’s heart, it can be contemplated from everywhere, and it is completely surrounded by both private and social areas of the proposal. 

Existing vegetation and the climate in Colima city, allowed the continuous opening of the proposed volumes. In the design, all the spaces are somehow permeated by either vegetation, wind and natural light, components that at the same time conquer until erasing the barrier between nature and architecture. 

modern brick house surrounded by treesimage © Onnis Luque 

In order to generate a more intimate and cozy atmosphere, a one-storey house was proposed, with the intention of living a more direct connection within all spaces, an assumption that also gave place to the gesture in which absolutely all the architectural program can interact directly and palpably with the environment. 

As a first encounter when wandering through the building, the kitchen, living room and dining room, welcome the visitor with a bountiful height that embraces with its wooden beams and roof. The aperture of this area with floor to ceiling windows, grants a free perspective on the background of the house, where a tree is preserved advocated by a steel structure, that provides shadow to the terrace. At last, in a second axis, the bedrooms that always enjoy pleasant landscapes and constant approach with the site’s flora are distributed intimately, without leaving aside the requested privacy. 

ground floor plan

Volumes played an interesting role in the design of the house, the main axes of the project are indisputable, and there is an evident movement of bodies that favor the creation of new areas, almost as an intentional action in the terrain of an interaction between negative and positive. 

The decision of taking a risk with a selection of elements in a contrasting range of colors, achieved a perfect aesthetic harmony with the trees and green hues of the context. The texture and color of red brick, coordinated with concrete, wood and the presence of steel structure, reaffirm the warmth with which the project was conceived from the beginning.

modern Mexican house nestled in nature

image © Onnis Luque 

Mixing steel structure with concrete became the solution that admitted the execution of construction. The foundation process was very precise, since it was arranged as a part of the aesthetics of the house when proposing black pigmented concrete walls that protected the brick volumes that were tailored in an artisan way. 

Beams and steel columns, were reformed rhythmic and compositional elements as part of a set of lines and faces, which also recall cracks or vertical openings in the big architectural bodies, where water runs through and ends peacefully in reflecting pools.

house with swimming pool

tree inside the roof

house with inside tree

Keita House in Colima, Mexico by Di Frenna Arquitectos

backyard garden

kitchen with woods ceiling

dining area with garden view

small pool at garden

modern kitchen with garden view

elevation drawing

elevation drawing

elevation drawing

elevation drawing

architecture section drawing

architecture section drawing


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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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