Casa en la Selva

House in the jungle

A client asked for a vacation and rest house in Xilitla, a town in the Huasteca Potosina, in a place covered by the jungle and next to Las Pozas, the surreal garden of Edward James. The response to the commission was an experimental structure, a three-dimensional concrete mesh forming an open volume crossed by the vegetation that floats on the slope and allows the terrain to pass without touching it except on stilts. An orthogonal and simple structure to contrast with the organicity of the structures in the neighboring garden, but with the aspiration of the same possibility of being inhabited as a sculpture. The program is solved by partially occupying the cubes that make up the mesh, without closing or completely limiting them, thus leaving the relationship with the jungle without any filter other than the concrete frame of the mesh itself.