Abraham Cota Paredes Arquitectos is an architectural practice located in Guadalajara, México. The architects express themselves through simplicity, clear views of structural elements and by eschewing unnecessary design details.
Presented project, titled The Cave, is the latest house built by the team of Abraham Cota Paredes Arquitectos and it’s a great example of architects’ minimal approach. The site is located among a chaotic Mexican city named Zapopan. The challenge was to create a house, that will serve as a shelter, yet it will do not remain apart from its surroundings. It resulted as a cube, that seeks to be as closed as possible, but still intrigues the passers.
"The project was born from listening the client's needs: within the list of dependencies, a space seemed fundamental, a multipurpose room located on the basement was needed where the client´s family would spend a lot of quality time. We thought of introducing a double height patio that would provide natural lighting and ventilation to the basement. This gave us the perfect excuse to plant a tree that would bring character to the space,” explained the architects. Indeed, the tree welcomes its visitors when entering the house. Together with large window openings, it creates a perfect connection to nature. "A staircase with a solid handrail brings a sculptural approach to the space, which in turn let us discover another double height that relates with the last level of the house where the main room is illuminated through a patio. A window that captures the light of the east, lets the warm air of the house escape,” added the architects.