Residence La Vista Country ClubEdit profile
Residence La Vista Country Club This residence is located within the prestigious Country Club La Vista, located in the beautiful colonial city of Puebla. Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico with around 2,5 million inhabitants, situated within 11/2 hours south of Mexico City at an altitude of 2,600m. The house has, first of all, a spectacular view onto the golf course and beyond that in the western direction an amazing view to the famous active volcano Popocateptl and in eastern direction to the inactive volcano La Malinche. The residence was designed from the inside out following a strict order of space planning and design guidelines. Most materials used are either locally produced or are LEED approved products. Very few natural products, as marble or granite, were used. The house is built on a 1,200m2 terrain with a constructed area close to 900m2. The terrain has a very pronounced slope of eight meters from street level towards the golf course. The house was designed using two levels, with the upper level at street level and the lower level close to the golf course. Because of the slope of the terrain, the planning was reversed and at the entrance level, the highest level of the house, one can find all public areas. Once you enter the house, you are greeted by a completely open space plan, which includes an open kitchen with storage and breakfast area, a formal dining room, a formal living room and a library, all divided by low walls and with a grand view onto the golf course. Ceiling height in this area is seven meters; only the kitchen has a lower ceiling height due the studio above with complete bath that was built as a mezzanine including a bridge with open view onto all public areas. The studio also opens up onto a terrace built above the garage which can hold up to six cars. An open staircase connects the mezzanine to the main floor and to the floor below where one can find all the private areas: Master Suite with bathroom and walk-in closet, two bedrooms with their own bathroom and walk-in closet. All rooms have access to an open TV area, four large closets for storage and maid’s quarters with a separate service area connected by a service staircase that leads to an enclosed patio, open to the sky for all water heaters, TV dishes and for drying clothes naturally since there is a great amount of sun every day. All rooms downstairs open up directly onto a large terrace with gardens and with unrestricted view onto the golf course. Because of the slope of the terrain and the fact that the terrain was not very stable, it was recommended to use the system Quali Losa in combination with concrete for the structure for the house, to keep the overall weight as low as possible. The side of the house that looks out over the golf course is made up for a great part of a glass wall, further enhancing the transparency of the house. Most materials used are all in tones of white, beige, light gray. Mostly light woods were used (bleached oak), with some dark accents. The accent colors show up only in bathrooms, in the furniture, area rugs and lighting effects. Special designs in the house include a feature wall in the library, made by 3-form, made up of panels with a three dimensional wave design, that together with the Brazilian guayaba tree add a special dimension to the house. Also another special feature in the house is the bridge at mezzanine level with an open area for meditation where one can spend hours meditating and admiring the landscape. The entire residence has floor heating which particularly helps to heat large open areas in the winter when temperatures can drop to below zero and typically in this part of Mexico houses are not equipped with any kind of heating. No air-conditioning was considered in this residence, although the preparations are there, since there are many operable windows and sliding doors open to allow fresh air to enter and to reduce use of electricity.