Casa Hilo is a housing prototype for living in rural conditions with warm climate. Based on modules, the house takes form from a single box that can be multiplied and arranged freely according to the site, budget and needs of each family. The modular system allows for single-story as well as multi-story arrangements and thus for flexibility for future family extension.
▼模块组合示意，modular system analysis
Other than typical houses where all rooms are under one roof, here each room is arranged as a separate space with a front door and a roofed terrace. Playfully connected together, the rooms create a house that is interwoven with the landscape where each room is accessed off the surrounding garden instead of through a traditional corridor space. The open spaces between the rooms form green patios and niches that become vital elements of the house. The house garden is as important for the daily activities within Casa Hilo as the rooms themselves.
▼鸟瞰：Hilo住宅的每个房间相互独立，aerial view: each room is arranged as a separate space
▼每个房间拥有各自的大门和带顶平台，each room has a front door and a roofed terrace
▼户外平台，the roofed terraces
The adaptable housing scheme is based on the analysis of the traditions and the current living conditions of Mexican locals of the countryside, translating them into a contemporary form. Indoor and outdoor areas together make for one home with its rooms expanding onto terraces and open garden areas, allowing the residents to benefit from the refreshing microclimate that the plants provide even during peak temperatures. Traditional elements that are typically found within a garden of a rural house such as an outdoor tub, a wood fire stove and a dining table are reintroduced in the form of modern elements within the garden allowing the inhabitants to use the house as they are used to in traditional houses. Roofed terraces to the street allow for social interaction and offer the possibility of commercial activities. The base arrangement of Casa Hilo comprises two bedrooms, one kitchen/dining room, and a bathroom. Additionally, outdoor elements within the garden such as a cooking pit, a tub, and table and benches complete the house.
▼朝向街道的平台提供了社交空间，roofed terraces to the street allow for social interaction
All windows and doors are made of a bamboo lattice structure that allows for a constant modest air circulation within the rooms. The panels can open gradually to control privacy and natural ventilation as well as provide shading to the garden areas when folded outwards. The concrete frame structure is resistant against earthquakes. Adobe blocks that were manufactured on site by locals form the solid walls as infills to the concrete framework. The adobe provides a natural climate buffer by absorbing excess humidity and cool the interior with its thermal mass during the day, making Casa Hilo a sustainable example for rural architecture.
▼混凝土框架以土坯砖块填充，adobe blocks form the solid walls as infills to the concrete framework
▼门窗使用了竹制栅格结构，windows and doors are made of a bamboo lattice structure
▼栅格板折叠以控制风量、调节私密性并起到遮阳作用，the panels can open gradually to control privacy and natural ventilation as well as provide shading to the garden areas when folded outwards
▼通向屋顶的楼梯，stair leading to the roof top
▼楼梯和墙壁细部，stair and wall detail
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
PROJECT NAME: Casa Hilo PROJECT TYPE: Rural social housing prototype
LOCATION: Design for Coquimatlán, Colima, México; built prototype at INFONAVIT Housing Laboratory in Ápan, Hidalgo, México
PROGRAM: Rural housing for a single family, with the possibility of extension for multiple families; surrounding garden.
STATUS: Completed (May 2019)
SIZE: 270 m2 total: 90 m2 (house); 180 m2 (garden)
DATE: 2016 – 2019
ARCHITECTS: Zeller & Moye: Ingrid Moye, Christoph Zeller (directors); Florence Bassa, Gian Andrea Diana, Omar G. Muñoz, Eduardo Palomino, Santiago Sitten (team).
COLLABORATORS/ CONSULTANTS: Structure: Ricardo Camacho; Installations: NLZ Instala S.A de C.V.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Jaime Navarro