GLR Arquitectos and Gilberto L. Rodríguez designed modern contemporary CT House located in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. This single family modern house is good example that contemporary style homes can be built with any floor plan. Only limit can be architect’s imagination.
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“The project is in a privileged topographic situation, due to its visual condition of greater height in relation to the surrounding neighbors. This house enjoys excellent vistas towards the National Park of Chipinque in the south, and it is dominated by the “Cerro de la Silla”, an emblematic hill in the boundaries of the city of Monterrey in the east. The proposed access to the site is located in the north side, ascending through a long slope that leads to the highest level, where the floor plan is located. With simple, pure geometric volumes, but rather challenging structural solutions, the project intends to evoke an image of lightness within a language of heavy and massive volumes. Although color does not have an important role, this project takes a step forward into the exploration of new materials. The black granite and the white exposed concrete adds personality to the building just like the steel elements. Finally, it is important to mention that beyond its bio-climatic function, the implementation of green roofs was a way to integrate the landscape, which tries to conserve the natural surroundings of the zone, the Sierra Madre mountain range.
The house was conceived like a “Sustainable House” since the beginning, so it has a study on energetic efficiency, which analyzes the sun trajectory and the prevailing winds in diverse seasons of the year. As a result of these studies, the house has diverse systems of isolation, like its double walls with polyisocyanurate, an ecological insulator; double windows with low emissivity (Low-E) glass; systems of pluvial water harvesting and gray water treatment for irrigation, solar paddles for pool heating and garden illumination, solar water heaters, hydronic heating systems to reduce the power consumption, south oriented skylights, as well as a landscape project with native vegetation.”
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