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Alvaro Moragrega, a renowned Guadalajara-based architect, is proud to unveil Casa L&J, a residential project adjacent to a golf course in Zapopan, Mexico. Seeking balance between inspirational views and client privacy, the architect designed an L-shaped scheme, with the residence’s main volume, encased in steel and glass, serving as a barrier between the private areas of the residence and the adjacent golf course. The volume, featuring a pitched roof with flat black tiles, was designed in the image of a ‘shotgun shack’, or an elongated distribution of spaces progressing from public to private.
At one end of the volume, the main entrance opens into a spacious living room featuring a fireplace, piano, and dining area. A wooden enclosure houses a bar and storage area, dually serving to deflect views from the garden area. Adjacent to the dining area, a rammed earth volume, or tapia, frames a pantry, laundry room, and guest bathroom, dividing the main living room from the kitchen and family room. A custom-built structure houses part of the kitchen, as well as a bookcase with TV, and a small stove, thus blocking views from the golf course and reorienting them to the garden and pool areas.
At the opposite end of the volume, adjacent to the family room, a double-height art studio connects to its own patio workstation on one side, and to a hallway connecting the home’s bedroom wing on the other side. The bedroom wing is constructed entirely with rammed earth and rests 70cm below the exterior, providing garden and pool views from each bedroom. The walls are composed of a lateral rhythm of rammed earth columns on one side, and wooden walls and doors on the other, dividing the volumes that house the bathrooms and dressing rooms.