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The House of Tubes in Monterrey, Mexico by Enrique Leal - Stato by Grupo Urban

The Mexican architecture firm Stato by Grupo Urban led by Enrique Leal has recently completed The House of Tubes, a new residence project, integrating it into an existing structure from the middle of the 1970’s; particular shapes and volumes that made history in the southern part of the city of Monterrey.

Project description by the architect:

This project seeks to find the balance between the preexisting and the new; How can it be adapted to something that was there already, the needs and wishes, to a shape that does not present a direct dialogue with them?

The answer was complex, demolishing the house was the first impulse that made sense in face of the challenge. Rescuing the structure, and integrating the necessities, lead us to a point where the analysis became challenging and insinuating. We discovered that eradicating, as well as replicating, where languages that didn’t translate to the project. The best dialogue we could have was contrast; contrast based in lines.

 

Could the dynamism of a curved line be harmonized with a different concept? We sought a dialogue between lines of opposite characters, to unify two architectural concepts. Because of this, rethinking the necessities of the client in a space without previous construction was the wisest thing to do. Providing a sense and use to the original structure, became the next challenge.

The House of Tubes in Monterrey, Mexico by Enrique Leal - Stato by Grupo Urbanimage © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

Design a house with ample spaces; interiors and exteriors, that when integrated with the original project, would form a communion with the views of the surrounding landscape.

The layout and concept needed to resemble a museum, with multi-purpose spaces. A clean and sober aesthetic, allowing it to be used for exhibitions, reunions, workshops and other activities, pertinent to the different disciplines the family members practice. In the same way, it needed to offer privacy in between the different areas.

the aerial view of a house from above image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

The lights and shadows that the property presents to us naturally, led us to create agreeable ambiences, well-lit and with movement, generated in the different stages of the day.

Architectural drawing plan Floor Plan 

The element that shaped the route for the home was the pool. We noticed that one of the existing cylinders was ideal for it, and by being an intermediate element, both in its height and location inside the property, we concluded it would be the natural link that we looked for to bring both buildings together. Water, being the element of life, represents this new era for the property, as well as the new family that inhabits it; the cylinder, as the vessel, represents the old stage filled with the new aspects of this emblematic figure in the city.

house pool with Mountain View image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

We centered our attention in making the pool the central axis, which is the reason for the visual awe that results when you first enter through the front door of the new project. This premise allowed us to explore an infinite amount of possibilities, where the finishes, modulations, elements, axis and visual rests generate coherence, taking our sight from one element to the other, always supported by the principal element; the line.

house with circular pool image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

Another guideline was brought by the peaks from Cerro de la Silla, in its natural shape we found inspiration to understand how two parts from one entity could be distinct yet harmonize as a whole. We sought to conceptually recreate the peaks, represented by the buildings (new and existing), and the ditch as the space between them (the pool).

la casa de los tubos en monterrey image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

There were several proposals before we decided on the final design. The evolution was determined by the constant concerns from the client, this allowed us to explore multiple solutions for the same problem, like how to take advantage of the preexisting project, which led us to select the best ideas that arose during the creative process.

1- Landmark building

Preserving it as an outdoor social space.

2- Open areas

More outdoor areas and a smaller construction site.

3- Multipurpose use

Having areas that can be transformed from private to social, and vice versa, if need be.

4- Integration

A dialogue between its surroundings, and the old and new buildings.

5- Shape simplicity

Horizontality, sober and longitudinal shapes.

6- One floor residence

Comfortable, functional and accessible for everyone.

the house of tubes in Monterrey image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

The property is located within the Guadalupe municipality, which is a part of the Metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico. Located in Cerro de la Silla, which is one of the most emblematic mountains in the city, and in Mexico.

The whole property is located at the foot of the mountain; it has a 45-degree slope, which represents more than 50% of its surface.

the tubes house surrounded with green landscape image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

The predominant winds come in from the southeast. The best views are from southwest going northwest, pointing towards the city and the Sierra Madre mountain range, as well as northeast going southeast, pointing towards Cerro de la Silla.

The original property, which has several cylinder-shaped buildings, had not been finished since the beginning of the construction, in the mid-1970’s. The building is known amongst locals as “La Casa de los Tubos”. La Casa de los Tubos has captivated the city’s imagination, its unique design and the fact that it was never finished, allowed space for some urban legends.

a house with cylinders situated  on a green hill in Monterrey image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

There are no restrictions when it comes to vernacular buildings, but this being a city landmark, the importance of preserving it is crucial.

the mountain house image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

the house with white facade walls on a steep terrain image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

the small trees in front of the house image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

house with wooden entrance door image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

the cactus plants near white wall image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

double volume space with circular staircase image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

sunlight enters the house through windows in the ceiling image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

violet flowers in the garden of the house image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

The House of Tubes in Monterrey, Mexico by Enrique Leal - Stato by Grupo Urbanimage © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

house with marble facade image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

the house with metallic partition wall image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

living room with large window to the garden image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

cozy living room with comfortable sofa and flower sculpture image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

living room with metallic table and fabric sofa image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

luxury furniture image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

interior design with luxury furniture image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

oak wood wall image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

bathroom with marble stone walls image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

sun light hitting the marble stone washing basin image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

skylight in the roof let the natural sunlight enters the bathroom image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

oak wood wall and marble stone floor image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

oak wood door and marble stone walls image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

modern kitchen with island made of marble stone image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

kitchen island made of marble stone image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

bathroom bathtub with open glass window image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

bathroom shower image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

bathroom shower and marble stones walls and floorimage © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

triangular shaped bookshelves image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

house pool with Mountain View of Monterrey image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

indoor cactus plants image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

house with glass windowsimage © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

toilet image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

house with illumination at night image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

marble stone facade of the house with illumination at night image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

The House of Tubes in Monterrey, Mexico by Enrique Leal - Stato by Grupo Urbanimage © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

house with white facade and lights during night image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

home view at night image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

green trees illuminated with light at night image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

oak wood wall image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

white ceiling image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

triangular white ceiling image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

white wall image © Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

Architectural section drawing Section

architectural sketch concept Sketch  

 

Project name: La Casa de los Tubos

Architecture firm: Stato by Grupo Urban

Locacion: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

Design team: Stato by Grupo Urban

Collaborators: Enrique Leal, Mario Delgado y Hugo Schiaffino

Design year: 2016

Completion year: 2019

Built area: 1,187.06 m²

Civil engineer: Hugo Schiaffino

Structural engineer: Hugo Schiaffino

Construction: Marvi by Grupo Urban

Supervision: Maria del Socorro González Sánchez

Photography: Jorge Taboada by Idea Cúbica

Tools used: Veosys (Control Software)


By Naser N. Ibrahim

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