The Oaxaca House and Studio, built for a plastic artist, is composed of two equal-sized volumes. The client´s desire for a terrace for the upper floor studio inspired us to create two staggered volumes, one atop the other, where the roof of the lower volume would become the terrace of the second floor. The interior stair becomes the link and pivot between the two volumes.
The house is sited on an irregular lot, placed closest to the shortest-length side on the terrain so as to create an expansive garden and to provide the best orientation for the North-facing studio and West-facing breakfast room. The house itself acts as a curtain protecting the terrace from the fierce late-afternoon sun.
The house was conceived as being contained within the expansive garden that surrounds it. The principal axes of the composition lead the eye to the garden as the interior spaces open in large panoramas to the lush surroundings.