Modern Dwelling: Casa G Minero by Hernandez Silva Arquitectura

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Literally, “G Minor House,” this modern Zapopan, Mexico, dwelling by Hernandez Silva Arquitectura is a study in bold swatches of color, clean lines, and an abundance of interesting visual and spatial elements — with a certain playfulness as well (note the “monkey” graphic on one upstairs wall). Its multiple levels are encased in walls of glass, allowing for ample views, yet at the same time protected by grilles, louvers, and other screening elements for necessary privacy; these same levels are bathed in indirect and outdoor light by night, giving the house a friendly glow as the interior colors reflect outward. At the back of the home, largely protected by a flat black wall, you can see the lawn “continue” in an interior courtyard; this area, in turn, segues the indoor/outdoor living aspects of the house with little fuss.

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From the white limestone patio, proceed through the home’s open-air lounge space to a spacious living and dining area with plenty of seating for a crowd. Colors here are warms against neutrals: bright red and violet cushions, the black wall, wood grain chairs with subtle blue upholstery. Furnishings and finishes are modern and intriguing — a glass-topped coffee table over a purple rug with red highlighting makes it appear as if a red “border” floats just above the floor! Dining chairs bear a hint of plum, tying in splendidly with the palette of the adjacent entertaining area. Upstairs, a warm glow emanates from rich wood grain finishes in bedrooms and bath; here, too, are open-air terraces for air and light. Overall, the balance is here — modern without being stark, intriguing without being coy — in Casa G Minero.

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