LA LOMITA IS A SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PROJECT THAT INTEGRATES DIFFERENT PRODUCTION AREAS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY
HOUSES, SUSTAINABILITY, AND ECOLOGIC DESIGN
- VALLE DE BRAVO, MEXICO
- Architects: ASPJ Arquitectura, Paisaje y Territorio
- Photos: Nin Solis
- Architects in chage: Helene Carlo, Emiliano García
- City: Valle de Bravo
- Country: Mexico
From a local alternative, with identity and with the intention of being replicable in areas with similar weather conditions; the interaction with various community organizations (RED del Renacer del Campo, the Flor y Canto School, and the peasant families of the basin) shows the desire to build local and reflects the intention and desire to connect with our origins and beliefs; because what is local is also familiar.
La Lomita owes its name to its location: situated on top of a hill, at the end of a single path. It is a refuge that overlooks the monumental geography of the mountains that surround it, and settles slightly, with little impact and a reasonable size.
By occupying only twenty percent of the current land, it allows complementing it with a very generous productive area. Edible and medicinal plant species of the basin of Valle de Bravo; rescuing the Mayan tradition of backyard cultivation and guaranteeing the family’s food.
The construction system is a simple assembly. This allows the reuse of wooden pieces and responds to relatively extreme bioclimatic parameters: rain, humidity, and high solar incidence.
A well-designed wooden building enhances the thermal properties of this material and is aesthetically pleasing.
The house provides great thermal comfort and is versatile for all seasons. The arch of the roof was recovered from a previous construction and marks exactly the path of the summer sun.
The house has a rainwater collection system on the roof, this allows having a water supply for the consumption of the house and the irrigation of the garden.
The water recirculation and wastewater treatment systems are visible, through collection and infiltration ditches, and wastewater treatment in wetlands that are integrated into the landscape design of the garden: the logic of water management makes sense with the environment and the construction.
The model has been successfully replicated in several places. One of them became a place for the storage and distribution of organic products from the basin where consumers and producers worked with wood and assembly techniques to replicate them.
Description sent by ArchDaily México.
TRANSLATION: Brenda Turral
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