Contemporary House with Green at its Core: Casa Lucke Orozco by Hernandez Silva

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Designed by Guadalajara-based studio Hernandez Silva Arquitectos, this Jalisco, Mexico, contemporary two-story residence was designed in 2006 and completed in 2008. Its location is a strong advantage: perched on a hilltop in a city that’s mostly flat, this home receives the benefit of balmy breezes and great air circulation — as well as terrific views from all that glass. Look at how parts of it seem to float over the landscape; this is a plan that incorporates an irregularly-shaped lot and works with, rather than against, the setting. The house is divided into two clear areas, delineated from one another by an informal interior “courtyard” with a myrtle tree growing under wood-slatted skylights. And that slatted wall extending from the west side of the house is more than artistic: it’s also a great privacy screen.

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As often is the case with Hernandez Silva designs, the indoors and outdoors here are interwoven: interspersed lush plantings can rise as high as 30 feet, giving the home a constant cool presence in a climate that can get very warm! You’ll see trees and greenery everywhere: in corridors, surrounded by a minuscule water feature, tucked into a corner of the bath. The seamless, open feeling is enhanced by unifying materials: timber on floor, walls and doors, soothing tones of white and gray in the décor, and a fireplace in exposed concrete that imparts a bold, warming rustic touch. An ideal combination of open space and privacy, of green and natural materials, and of neutrals that echo its setting: that’s Lucke Orozco house by Hernandez Silva.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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