The continuous S Shape of the perimeter expands the envelope to achieve a maximum surface of exposure. The envelope, that in front of some windows becomes a double skin, creates thresholds and along with the upper and lower courtyards construct interstitials spaces that promote cross ventilation and perform as sustainable climate´s control mechanism that guarantees the paraments for comfort demands thought a passive cooling configuration.
The use of exposed earth brick is not only the most traditional and expanded construction technique in this region but also the common denominator in this urban fabric. Esthetically accepted and incorporated into the urban domestic imaginary.
The bricks are handmade with local material, fabricated by local labor that has developed an expertise on manipulating those irregular size pieces.
The two mirrored L houses are organized around two courtyards in two levels. The courtyard assumes the role of two exterior rooms that maximizes the contact between the interior and exterior. The living room, kitchen and dining room are separated to the courtyard by a glass wall of sliding windows, minimizing the presence of the limit, and blurring the functional limit of each room, expanding the domestic live to the courtyard that assume the role of exterior living room, dining room or kitchen. In the same way, in the upper level, another courtyard expands the activities related to the bedroom. Both courtyards combined widens the visual angle of the sky from every room.
From the upper floor the views of the houses cross each other along the longest diagonal of the allotment, crossing the courtyards through the low points of the roof. The houses thus create their own landscape dissolving the subdivision between the properties, promoting a a new type of community that extremes and redefine the neighbor’s relationship.
As a result, the houses are expressed by the singularity of the volume, but not diluted by the repetition of the many. One house is a replication of the other, without being more of the same. One house is the loose copy of the other, and both are the original and singular model, melted and integrated into a curved fillet of imprecise property limit.