Espacio 18 Arquitectura cantilevers a sculptural concrete home in Oaxaca

Mexican studio Espacio 18 Arquitectura has balanced an expansive concrete home designed like a “rock carved to create a sculpture” on a hillside in Oaxaca.

Generally known as Casa del Alma, the 460-square metre (4,950-square foot) home was accomplished in 2023 because the shopper’s “final refuge” after a “lengthy life of labor and journey”, in keeping with Espacio 18.

Casa del Alma is a hillside home by Espacio 18 Arquitectura

Two concrete bins – set within the highest up subsequent to an ecological reserve – body views of Oaxaca Metropolis and create an area for “peace, assembly, contemplation, and introspection”, Espacio 18 mentioned.

Structural concrete embeds the home within the terrain and the boxy concrete kinds jut out in cantilevers from the slight slope.

Cantilevering concrete box-like structure attached to house
Structural concrete embeds the home within the terrain

“This undertaking was impressed by the masters of sunshine, resembling [Gian Lorenzo] Bernini or present masters resembling Alberto Campo Baeza,” the studio mentioned.

“The totally different makes use of of sunshine within the area permit the undertaking to evolve in the course of the day, in the course of the 12 months within the totally different seasons. It is as if it have been a rock carved to create a sculpture.”

Statement staircase with floating concrete treads
The 2 halves are divided by a press release staircase

The 2 halves are divided by a monumental, entry staircase with floating concrete treads and light-weight that filters down between the concrete beams.

“By vertical subtractions, we work with gentle, creating domes, beams and home windows,” the studio continued. “The sunshine expands by means of the areas, bathes the partitions and reveals us the passage of time.”

Kitchen within concrete house embedded into Oaxacan hillside by Espacio 18 Arquitectura
One facet holds service areas and the kitchen

Set primarily inside a single degree for the comfort of the resident – regardless of the entry stair – this system is separated into private and non-private zones on both facet of the staircase.

One facet – which is slanted deeper into the hillside – holds service areas and the kitchen, eating and dwelling areas, whereas the opposite holds two ensuite bedrooms.

Minimal interior finishes within living room of Oaxacan house on a hillside
Inside finishes are minimal

The inside finishes are minimal, leveraging the poured-in-place concrete construction and polished concrete flooring with uncovered mixture. Low-profile glass and metallic function extra detailing.

Giant rectilinear skylights illuminate the loos and the circulation areas, the place the repetitive concrete beams reappear.

Bathroom with standalone tub and a view of the Oaxacan hillside
Giant rectilinear skylights illuminate the loos

The areas that face away from the hill are characterised by floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doorways that permit the view to function the fourth wall.

The linear balconies haven’t any roof however are wrapped by a deep concrete beam in addition to delicate glass railings.

The staircase wraps as much as one other bed room and an expansive terrace that appears out to the encompassing panorama and metropolis. An outside kitchen is constructed into the rooftop.

Within the basement, the parking space and mechanical rooms are tucked beneath the concrete cantilever.

Expansive terrace with a rectilinear concrete sink and wooden decking by Espacio 18 Arquitectura
An expansive terrace appears to be like out to the encompassing panorama and metropolis

The structure permits cross air flow each horizontally and vertically to mitigate the nice and cozy local weather of Oaxaca, and a rainwater harvesting system and LED lighting contribute to the house’s resiliency.

Espacio 18 Arquitectura additionally accomplished a concrete and terracotta seaside home in Oaxaca that orients to the dawn and sundown, in addition to a darkish gray townhouse with a glazed inside courtyard in Puebla.

The pictures is by César Béjar.

Undertaking credit:

Design: Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Inside design: Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Builders: Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Architect in cost: Sonia Morales
Landscaping: Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Workforce: Mario Ávila, Carla Osorio, Sonia Morales, Karina Flores, Paola Alavez, Marco Farias, Noemié Coquil
Carpentry: Orvesa y diseño
Engineer: LM Estructuras
Steelwork: Alfredo y Ramon
Interceramic: Toilet Furnishings and {hardware}
CEMEX: Concrete
GEO Iluminacion: Lighting undertaking
Concrete workshop: Terrazo