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.
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.