Atemajac de Brizuela,
Architect Salvador Covarrubias
Arch. Arcelia Cornejo
Carlos Herrera Lazarini
A house designed for a young couple where its specifications were very clear, open and wide spaces that connected with each other. A sober, rustic, primitive house, perennial to the landscape, where it merges with the earth and blends in naturally.
Taking into account the views, lighting and ventilation, a triangular-shaped project was proposed in response to the express location of the land, by creating three sides, one of them covers the area that directly sees a biological corridor which is the natural passage of deer. Among several species, the second looks directly, and indirectly from some areas, towards the lake, the third and last flank is destined to the services, it is the direct adjoining of future neighbors.
The indigenous materials such as adobe for the walls clad with local earth, stone for the floor, wood for windows and roofs, and artisanal labor from the region were the best option for a project with these characteristics.
The area is inhabited by wild animals typical of the area, in which the porcupine, puma, lion, badger, armadillo, squirrel, coyote, rabbit are wild species that populate the region, in addition to exist some reptiles and birds.
Atemajac comes from the Nahuatl word "Atemaxaque", which emerges from the roots: "Atl" (water), "Tetl" (stone or hill) and "Maxatli" (bifurcate). Therefore, Atemajac means: "Stone that bifurcates the water".