Casa Estudio Hill
The conservation of an ash tree guided each gesture of the project, and led to a composition of volumes designed to form a structure around the tree. In this way, two patios and three volumes intersect in the vertical circulations’ nucleus, and are differentiated by the distinct treatment of the window frames, altering the perception of lightness or solidity.
Designed for a music producer and artist, the house needed to double up as both a living space and a professional recording studio. The acoustic quality and layout of each space mean that every module operates as an extension of the studio. On the ground floor, the dense entrance volume houses the studio itself. This is succeeded by the light, open volume intended as the living area, which is connected at the rear with the main patio where the ash tree is located. Above both lower bodies, linked by the central staircase and courtyard, is the third volume, which contains the bedrooms and private areas, and also opens onto the large ash with its entire façade in a geometric composition of windows. The three volumes connect to the outside in different directions, increasing the entry of natural light and generating views that unite the program’s composition.
Blurring the boundaries between the solid volumes and the voids gives the sense of flow, integrating the interior and the exterior in a single space.
Florida, Mexico City, 2013.
Photographs: Onnis Luque