THE HUMBLE JILOTEPEC DWELLINGS IN MEXICO
mexico city– and sayulita-based studio PALMA presents a series of dwellings, dubbed jilotepec, that is at once humble, exciting, and rooted in its context. while the compact, stone-built residences are realized with a natural material palette which reflect the local vernacular, they are distinctive in their simple geometries. the design team has taken influence from the dichotomy of its two locations, a vibrant urban context and a pacific coast village. the team’s experience in mexico city has lent a priority toward rebuilding and repairing while the village location taught them to work with a team of locals during the design and build processes.
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PALMA’S INFLUENCE FROM THE NATURAL CONTEXT
the jilotepec residences by PALMA (see more here) comprise a pair of private houses which rise from a gently sloping landscape. the project is sited along the outskirts of mexico city, and takes on an expression which is informed by its rural context backed by a range of mountain peaks. these cues led to the buildings’ natural materiality of locally sourced stone along with their simple, peaked volumes. the overall material palette includes a facade of terracotta plaster and a roof wrapped in ceramic tiles. masonry walls define two courtyards within each house, united by a communal fire-pit.
the houses are built of locally-sourced stone
the jilotepec residences comprise two dwellings, connected by a communal firepit
the project looks outward to the distant mountains
the simple geometries take shape as abstracted mountain peaks
each dwelling hosts two open-air courtyards at its front and rear
project title: jilotepec residences
design team: ilse cárdenas, regina de hoyos, diego escamilla, juan luis rivera
project team: joana andrade, tonatiuh armenta, flora block, sofía diez, pablo pérez-alonso, luisa verenguer