RÍO BLANCO PAVILION
This small pavilion, near the Mexican city of Guadalajara, is on a site with spectacular views of the Rio Dulce ravine. It is a getaway next to some stables and a horse riding area.
We wanted this pavilion to be open to the views and surroundings, but to also project an image of solidity in keeping with the stone walls found in the area.
The solution is a building with three modules containing the functional areas that demand more privacy: the bathroom, a small bedroom and the kitchen (which opens onto the dining area). The modules rotate in relation to the topography with the chimney at the axis of this movement. This produces areas that are more open, including the dining area, the living area and the studio.
The structural timber beams run in the direction of the longer spans. This may seem illogical, but it makes the ceiling pattern into coffering that expresses the rotation of modules and provides a feeling of spaciousness.
From the outside, the pavilion appears to be opaque and small, but inside the effect is the opposite—spaciousness and transparency.
With this project, we sought a timeless and comfortable effect. A good relationship with the client led to us designing everything down to the smallest detail, including the furniture (except chairs and lights).