Casa Cuatro Soles

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Residential
  • Company/Firm
    Chain + Siman
  • Lead Designer
    Renatta Chain and Lina Siman
  • Architect
    Chain + Siman
  • Interior Designer
    Chain + Siman
  • Lighting Designer
    Chain + Siman
  • Const. Company
    Chain + Siman
  • Photographer Credit
    Rafael Gamo
  • Location
    Valle de Bravo
  • Client
  • Project Date

Casa Cuatro Soles is a sustainable weekend retreat in Rancho Avándaro, Mexico, designed for a multi-generational family. The design concept manifests in distinct spaces tailored to different age groups, fostering interaction through shared areas, and in the various façade and material readings, reflecting on the diversity of the family members. Its architecture maximizes natural light and views of the surrounding landscape. The exterior blends with its surroundings through color while the interior features warm woods. The residence offers a peaceful retreat surrounded by a dense forest.

The project features both active and passive sustainable systems. The active systems include solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, a wastewater reuse treatment plant, and Duovent glass for thermal and acoustic efficiency. In the passive systems, the large windows and domes maximize natural light to reduce energy consumption.

The materials chosen for the project's exteriors respond to Rancho Avándaro's strict internal regulations regarding the chromatic palette. These included locally sourced black clay tiles, gray partition walls and black aluminum window and door frames.