ML house has been conceived as an architecture that is capable of containig and perpetuating the spirit of each member of the family; an art form that enhances the day inn, day out with its singular presence and becomes the lively back-drop for the making of the personal momoire . The projet proposes the disolution between the urban and the residential boundaries; the street transforms into plaza and the interior becomes a garden that overlaps within the private and the public. Space configuration becomes a variable resulting from the interplay between light and shadow.
Once the front sculpture is left behind, the entry garden appears as an overwhelming water mirror that captures surreal images of the sky and the tree branches that overflow from within the fountain. The entry event occurs under the undulating wood ceiling that clarifies circulation around the ineterior court; natural light permeates the double hight ceiling through a wooden skylight and transforms sun rays into seasonal patterns. Natural light becomes an ornament that transforms light and shadow into an everchanging play of surface and texture.
Vertical Circulation is conceived as a continuous spine that emerges from the undergroud and favours visual permeability through different levels and functions. Its architecture makes a gesture of fragile articulation that is consistent with the transparency of space and overlapping of function.
Living and dining in the ground floor benfit from their southern orientation and make direct contact with the exterior gardens and patios; the upper level, eventhough having interesting views towards the exteriors, makes the best profit out of the scheeme by using the central court as the catalitic element that allows better independence from its urban surroundings. The family rooms in ground floor and in the upper level, stack up one upon the other towards the north, in order to make a better use of light for their destined activities and also in order to conform with the volumetric intentions of the main elevation.
ML house not only gathers togather the effort of two architectural firms that highly apretiate the refinement of design, but also promotes the participation of artists, industrial designers and a photographer in order to transform space into an adecquate scenario for the ideal way of living expected by its inhabitants.
Text by Ana Guerrero SantosLocation: El Secreto, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Architect: Agraz Arquitectos Project: 2006
Construction: 2007 Project name: ML House Designers: Agraz Arquitectos SC., Ricardo Agraz, Paolino Di Vece Collaborators: Alberto Tacher, Sara Tamez, Marisol Reynoso, Juan Antonio Jaime, Jessica Magaña, Javier Gutiérrez, Edgar Benítez, Luís Enrique Reynoso Construction: Planeación Integral Constructores, Ing. Rodolfo Ojeda Ezeta Wood work: Esteban Gutiérrez Aluminium: Ico Alum , León Cabrera Ilumination: Construlita, Sergio Talancón Baths: Bathaus, Ramsés Galindo Stone: Luigi Sasso Marble: Javier Covarrubias Kitchen: Mobile Art: Fernando Sandoval,Adrián Guerrero Interior design: Liliana Lavin Industrial design: Cubo 3, Héctor Navarro Photography: Mito Covarrubias Site area: 730m2
Construction area: 615m2