Casa Entreparotas by Di Frenna Arquitectos

A lost ruin in the middle of the jungle

Project Specs


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▼住宅外观概览,overview of the house ©Lorena Darquea

Entreparotas house is a project which allows its users to live in a constant relation with nature, therefore the premise of choosing a site that would enhance the relevance of the existing flora and a small stream that passes through the terrain. A tropical vegetation, where the parotas and fig trees stand out, generates a jungle atmosphere that made the design concept possible.

▼住宅外观,住宅坐落在一片自然的热带环境中,exterior view of the house that is located in a tropical natural environment ©Lorena Darquea

▼住宅外观近景,close exterior view of the house ©Lorena Darquea


Imposing concrete volumes that understood the site’s topography, were placed in a studied way, generating a series of paths to wander around the house. The created routes, always grant the vegetation to pop out and allow the user to discover the residence.

▼住宅正立面,front facade of the house ©Lorena Darquea

▼住宅正立面局部,创造出环绕着住宅的林间小径,partial exterior view of the front facade, there are a series of paths to wander around the house ©Lorena Darquea

▼环绕着住宅的林间小径,既有茂密的植物,又能够感知建筑的存在,the paths to wander around the house,  granting the vegetation to pop out and allowing the user to discover the residence ©Lorena Darquea



▼住宅外观局部,中性色调和石材色调的材料营造出一种林中遗迹般的氛围,partial exterior view of the house, the neutral and stone-like colors interpret the essence of a lost ruin in the middle of the jungle ©Lorena Darquea

▼住宅外观局部,上层空间设有阳台,partial exterior view of the house, the upper level is designed with balcony ©Lorena Darquea

▼住宅外观局部,大面积的落地窗给住宅空间增添了通透感,partial exterior view of the house, the windows from floor to ceiling create perforation of big volumes ©Lorena Darquea

Selected materials play with a range of neutral and stone-like colors which interpret the essence of a lost ruin in the middle of the jungle, where architecture takes a step back to praise what happens on the outside and also dignifies and favors its components to acquire a perceptible richness as it ages along with the environment.

Light, wind and rain are elements that surround continuously the building, the perforation of big volumes with windows from floor to ceiling, allow the crossing of small gardens which constantly embrace the house.

▼住宅外观局部,部分体量底层架空,partial exterior view of the house, some volumes are elevated from the ground ©Lorena Darquea


▼末端的建筑体量周围环绕着高低错落的水池,the last volume is surrounded by alternated water bodies ©Lorena Darquea

▼末端体量和水体细节,details of the last volume and the water bodies ©Lorena Darquea

▼末端体量的石材外墙和通向屋顶平台的室外楼体细节,details of the stone exterior walls of the last volume and exterior stairs leading up to the rooftop ©Lorena Darquea

▼末端体量内部,半室外空间拉近了人与自然的距离,interior view of the last volume, the semi-outdoor space rewards a closer contact with the garden ©Lorena Darquea

This last one diverges from the rest of the program surrounded by alternated water bodies that reward a closer contact with the garden, and also accommodates a rooftop which you access through a light structured stair to enjoy a moment of sightseeing.

▼住宅末端体量夜景,设有屋顶观景平台,night view of the last volume with  a rooftop to enjoy a moment of sightseeing ©Lorena Darquea

▼末端体量和水体夜景,night views of the last volume and water bodies ©Lorena Darquea


Downstairs the project harbors the heart of the residence; both living and dining rooms are opened completely with a double height ceiling, which resembles a crystal box that intersects the main axis and blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, providing natural lightning to all the spaces, which are connected through stairs that once again bet for enjoyable passages, with the terrace.

▼开放的双层通高餐厅,the open dining room with a double height ceiling ©Lorena Darquea

▼首层室内走廊(左),室内楼梯(右),the interior corridor on the ground floor (left), the interior stairs (right) ©Lorena Darquea


The upper level, hosts the most private zones. Walking through the stairs that are placed in the center of the house, to continue with the idea of the importance of light and the direct connection with the context, you reach an elongated corridor whose perspective is extended with the double height of the ground floor which distributes to the bedrooms.

▼住宅上层室内走廊,穿过中央双层通高的起居室和餐厅,the elongated corridor whose perspective is extended with the double height of the ground floor ©Lorena Darquea


The proposed structure solved the possibility of large cantilevers and free wall spaces, that could be perceived completely open toward the back facade. This is how a mixed structure of concrete and steel was chosen and achieved a perfect blend with artisan work in stone walls and parota woodwork.

▼黄昏时分的住宅正立面,the front facade at dusk ©Lorena Darquea

▼黄昏时分的住宅后立面,the rear facade at dusk ©Lorena Darquea

▼黄昏时分的半室外生活体量和水体,the semi-outdoor living volume and water bodies at dusk ©Lorena Darquea

▼首层平面图,lower floor plan ©Di Frenna Arquitectos

▼上层平面图,upper floor plan ©Di Frenna Arquitectos

▼后立面图,rear elevation ©Di Frenna Arquitectos

▼剖面图A,section A ©Di Frenna Arquitectos

Project Name: Casa Entreparotas
Architecture Office: Di Frenna Arquitectos
Construction completion year: 2019
Constructed area: 568 m2
Location: colima, Colima – Mexico
Photography Credits: Lorena Darquea
Architects in Charge: Matia Di Frenna Müller
Design Team: Matia Di Frenna Müller, Mariana De la Mora
Engineering: Ing. Juan Guardado
Landscaping: Di Frenna Arquitectos
Collaborators: Matia Di Frenna Müller, Ing. Juan Guardado, Mariana de la Mora

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