Studio: Francisco Pardo Arquitecto S.C.
Project: Casa Karina
Location: Ocuilande Arteaga, State of Mexico, Mexico
Category: Private Housing
Credit: Jaime Navarro, Pablo Astorga, Fer Olivares
After the earthquake on September 19, 2017, we designed a house for the Guzmán family in the rural town of Ocuilan de Arteaga–requestedby Fundación PienZa Sostenible and Love Army México.The Guzman’s originally had a precarious wood construction covered in metal sheets, without any kind of isolation, and with an attached latrineshared with five families; inside, it had soil floors. The house was inhabited by Karina, her husband Miguel Ángel, and their daughters Annette and Alix.We talked with the family about the layout for their new home.They requested two rooms, a small living room, and a wood-burning stove outside. Wedecided to build a two-story house, reducing the floor plan and leaving an area for planting trees. Furthermore, this allowed us to create a terrace on the third floor.Our conversations led to the relevance of outdoor areas: Karina cooks with firewood outside, while the girls play in the field. This is the reason why we contemplated the kitchen as the central axis of the house, the place from where you can see everything.The toilet was built as an independent facility and is now a full bathroom and a more private space.We used concrete for the foundation and polished cement for the floors. Vertical reinforcements were installed in the walls. Compressed earth blocks, created in situ, were used for every wall and pinewood was used for the doors and windows.