AR House 2014 Honourable Mention: a stark, black house south of Mexico City creates an intimate series of spatial relationships
Firmly in the stead of Luis Barragán – only without the colour – Cerrada Reforma 108 bisects its 10 x 20m site in a deft creation of spatial chiaroscuro. Located in San Angel, just south of Mexico City, house and courtyard sit side-by-side, both cloaked in solid black.
The narrow space occupied by the house itself employs double-height rooms and large openings out onto the courtyard to appear deceptively spacious, the only fully closed areas of the house being the bathrooms and kitchen.
This play of negative and positive is disrupted by a timber wall that divides the courtyard space, its deep red-brown contrasting with the black structure.