Secret corners 25·10·2019
Casa Tec 205: colour leads the way in Monterrey lifestyle
The Madrid studio overseen by Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock pays tribute to Mexican vernacular architecture with this colourful and sustainable housing project.
Reminiscent of the architects, Barragán and Legorreta, Casa Tec 2015 is the prize awarded by the Tecnológico de Monterrey, which is geared towards raising funds to help the students who need it most.
Known as sustainability architects, Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock, from their architecture studio in Madrid, champion the concept that “architecture must improve the environment in which we live”. Both have shared this philosophy since they founded their first office in New York in 1993, which lays the foundations for their projects around the world. They are currently spread out between their headquarters in Spain and the USA, and their work is of great importance in countries such as Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
A house as a prize
Below the foothills of the Sierra Madre, a step away from the Chipinque ecological park, the Mexican town of Monterrey is home to one of the most unique projects by the Moneo Brock duo in 2018. Built on four trees and rooted in Mexican culture in full colour, this house is the prize of a raffle organised by the Tecnológico de Monterrey to grant scholarships to its poorest students. Respecting and enveloping the base of the three walnut trees and the native thunder tree, Casa Tec 205 is laid out over three floors whose rooms have interior-exterior orientation. 670m2 of neoplasticist modernity in which the colour has been enhanced as a tribute to vernacular architecture and the search for energy efficiency.
“For this project, we have focused on innovating while getting back to local traditions”, Belén Moneo stated in our Lifestyle magazine.
Because of its sustainability, and the tribute to architecture and the Mexican landscape, Casa Tec 205 was a finalist in 2019 at The Plan Awards. Colour rules in Monterrey.
Casa Tec 205 achieves energy efficiency thanks to the use of wind as a method of ventilation and the thermal inertia of the earth. The intervention includes the most efficient materials from PORCELANOSA Group, namely, the Tortona 1L Strada flooring throughout the house; the Arctic White Clásico Mate marble for the main bathroom; the Gravity Aluminium Metal, the Metal Brick Acero mosaic and the Epoque basin for the guest bathroom.