Shaped to Fit: Mexico’s Casa Cuatro by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

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As you look at this house, you’ll see its fan (or “boomerang”) shape immediately; this unique design by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos helps to fit the home well onto an irregularly-shaped lot in its small gated community on the west city limits of Zapopan, Mexico. It’s a peaceful urban area — quiet, surrounded by trees, and as car-free as possible. The clients are actually friends of the architects as well; undoubtedly, this put Hernandez Silva on their mettle! The result is a comfortable modern home with a two-story courtyard; the second story of the home largely appears to “float,” a soothing ambience that carries over to the guest quarters housed there. Central to the home, the staircase connects all three levels; rooms emanate from a central interior corridor as well.

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An open floor plan lets family room, living room, and dining areas blend seamlessly into the deck, pool, and lawn. Colors are cheerfully bright — reds in the seating areas, vivid blue in a spacious bath — yet also understated, balanced with up-lighted greenery and wood grain that warms the space in contrast with the cream-colored walls and furnishings. The home uses simple, natural materials for a casual easy-living feel: planed white steel, enameled aluminum, black and gray quarry stone, walnut, and tempered glass. To maximize natural light, high-gloss paint on the walls adds what the architects call “depth and vibrancy”; the wide wall of windows is augmented with skylights as well. The challenge, to create a livable, comfortable space, is met — and met well — in this flowing plan from 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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