Given the playful and poetic name the Eight Beams House, this contemporary housing project in Northern Mexico aims to do something unusual for modern house design. It searches for an unfinished story, possibility of evolution, and a state of permanent reinterpretation and reconfiguration.
The architectural project created by Covachita Taller de Arquitectura is also acuity in tune with the industrial and frugal character of its home city –Monterrey- another unusual and noteworthy feature for modern housing; a search for deep connection with the hart and history of its location. The long and dynamic configuration of the concrete shell of the home is carried on by a play and intersection of exposed concrete beams – thus the name of the house. The entwinement of fragile glass and raw concrete, voids and solids, passages, and open courtyards composes the architectural shell and façade of this modern home.
The interior follows the modern dynamics of the design idea and combines stylish furniture elements and simplicity of expression with textural richness introduced by the chosen materials and colors palette. The long elegant lines of the concrete beams surround an inner- courtyard with a swimming pool and a beautiful tree in the center. Playful touch of a hammock (in trendy gray), suspended beneath the urban concrete structures, invites for relaxation and leisure time.
On the first level, with direct access to the courtyards and surrounded by trendy glass cubical, the social zones. Living, dining, and kitchen areas receive abundant natural light through the glass walls and gorgeous and rich in color curtains secure privacy when needed. The simplicity in furnishing matches the raw austerity of the concrete structures. Turquoise green curtains and transparent glass partitions give a balance to the dynamic of the interior ambiance. Trendy furniture pieces and signature lamps design add a jazzy stylistic to the minimalism of the shell. Photos: Onnis Luque;