Casa Romero by Romero de la Mora

Casa Romero is a modern single family residence located in Amali, Tepejí del Río, Mexico, designed by Romero de la Mora.

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Located in Amanali, Tepejí del Río, Hidalgo, Casa Romero uses the landscape as a link to the site and its context.

One of the objectives of the project was to annul the interior-exterior borders, with cross ventilation and the use of thermal materials.

Living inward, without altering more than the physical space of the building, the house is inserted into nature, lighting being one of the main factors and taking advantage of the climate of the Mexican Bajío, the spaces open from end to end in a continuous flow of space .

Being essential the sensitivity of the materials to have an autochthonous architecture, the materials are local, simple and durable. The materials required are locally sourced. Reinforced concrete, cement-sand block, stone from the region, black brace from the region, pine wood and ironwork. An example is the mold of the main dining room of the project. The foundation was made with the masonry that we found in the excavation, in order to keep the house warm all year round, understanding the site and its orientations.

The mineral selection of materials was conceived to achieve a good aging and at the same time minimize the maintenance of the house, achieving a palette of materials that change in the places of the house, concrete, glass, wood and stone.

“The particular challenge of this house was to better understand the environment than the architecture itself, the distinctive components of the area where the Mexican Bajio begins, which has charms and characteristics that are worth trying to understand and apply. To be able to make a literal shelter for the weather and to be able to give it an honest and fun essence at the same time, giving the warmth we need as users in a second home. The result is to live it, even if it is photogenic, this shelter is lived”.

Photography courtesy of Romero de la Mora

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- by Matt Watts