이번에 소개하는 멕시코의 주말 별장은 오픈 생활 공간의 주위를 감싸는 모놀리식 콘크리트 계단과 집 중앙에 정원을 특징으로한다. 건축가는 이 집이 해변과의 근접성이 뛰어남에도 불구하고 전형적인 비치 하우스가 아닌 강하고 고립된 성격의 시골 별장의 컨셉으로 디자인했다. 건물 한쪽에는 해변이 있고 다른 한쪽에는 산이 있는 언덕 꼭대기의 이 주택은 해변을 향해서는 개방감을 표현하고 있으면서도 산에 대응하여 벙커같은 보호받는 느낌을 주도록 설계되었다.
French architect Ludwig Godefroy created the property as a weekend home for a client who wanted to escape from the Mexico City to the tranquility of Zicatela Beach.
Despite its proximity to the beach, the Mexico City-based architect designed the residence as a countryside retreat with a robust, insular character, rather than a typical beach house.
The building occupies a plot on top of a hill, with the beach on one side and mountains on the other. The side facing the mountains also faces onto fields of agave plants.
The house is designed to respond to the duality of its context, with the mountains influencing its robust, protective shell, while the wide, open feel of the beach is echoed in its outdoor spaces.
"The house is a bunker on the outside protecting a Mexican pyramid on the inside," claimed the architect, who was influenced both by the ancient temples of his adopted home and by the concrete structures dotted around the landscape of Normandy where he was born.
"It uses a typology of defensive architecture, where a wall surrounds the terrain completely," Godefroy added, "helping to create a 100 percent controlled area on the inside and turning it into an open-air fortress with only one main view towards the sky, the only permanent element in time."
From outside, the building appears as an entirely solid concrete mass, punctuated on one side by a pair of openings containing sturdy wooden doors.