located in a forest near the city of guadalajara in mexico, casa amapa by pérez gómez arquitectura takes shape as an abstract geometric residence with naked materiality, blending harmoniously with the surrounding lush vegetation. the project is strategically positioned to keep the existing regional topography and woodland intact. seemingly emerging in the middle of nowhere, the structure adopts a minimalist approach and grows from the ground to spark an honest conversation between artificial and natural environment.
all images courtesy of pérez gómez arquitectura
according to pérez gómez arquitectura, casa amapa was born from the imminent —perhaps utopian— need to return to inhabiting the forests. the stripped forms and materiality of the structure define the minimalist character of the project, which seeks to respect the local topography as much as possible. the dwelling settles peacefully within the woodland, generating a dialogue that with time will erase the lines that today separate them, wanting to become impossible to define where the architecture ends and the forest starts.
dematerializing not only the architecture of the project, but also the life of the inhabitant, the structure houses a very simple program that arises from the analysis and the search for the essentials. the platforms of the residence are sites of coexistence, reflection, and connection with the surrounding nature, while the spaces allocated below them take form as intimate sanctuaries that are part of the forest as well. each of the spaces of the house enjoys a frank and different view of the woods, highlighting this bond between built and natural setting at all times.
name: casa amapa
architects: pérez gómez arquitectura
lead architect: rené pérez gómez
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom