After the September earthquakes in Mexico, numerous damaged houses where identified with no government support and private initiatives were spontaneously organized with different capacities and scope. Some of them, coordinated by PienZa Sostenible, where carried out in communities and municipalities in the states of Morelos and Mexico with the support of Love Army Mexico, who raised private resources to rebuild the numerous damaged houses. PienZa Sostenible held by Carlos Zedillo, led a personalized process in which damaged homes were identified and several architects where invited for their reconstruction.
A mobile plant was created capable of manufacturing more than 2,500 highly resistant ecoblocks per day. The architects met the affected families and started developing the project. After the approval of their new clients, the construction proceeded through local companies. The Hernández family now inhabits “Casa de Rosario”, a family composed of three members; a couple dedicated to plant cultivation (Mrs. Rosario, her husband Mayolo) and their four-year-old son Íker. The house comprises a series of four individual cubes connected via open-air circulation.
Each cube is built with a different height and with its own identity. The cubes are connected to each other through large wooden openings that flow into a central courtyard. We have emphasized the surrounding nature through visual openings towards the trees and bougainvillea flowers.
Exterior circulation comprises various passages, which seek to have a constant relationship with each of the four cubes with a total floor area of 50 sqm. The topography plays a very interesting role in terms of the configuration of the spaces; we focus on creating multiple atmospheres and different experiences of space through containing the viewer in different levels. “Casa Rosario” embraces interior and exterior spaces with the same importance, using nature and built elements to define spatial boundaries.