Casa Cova is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Oaxaca mountain range. It strategically rises 5 feet from the ground to prevent the flooding coming from the 230 feet away coast. Its design was conceived for two families and it consists of two private wings connected by a common central area.
A large central volume is flanked by two entrances on either end that pass through a lattice-like wall, helping to cross ventilate the common spaces and allow light in. The volume is topped by a 100 feet long thatched "palapa" roof that cools tropical temperatures and provides shade and space for the heat to escape through the top of the structure.
The two parallel wings that house private rooms are enclosed with a system of structural concrete panels. The use of concrete for the structure and the selection of interior finishes respond to local needs. The intensity of the sun and the salinity of the place required the use of a low–maintenance material that would age finely.
The main rooms, the interlocking plans and the high ceilings of the "Casa Cova", seek to remind us of the alternate heights of the massive chambers of the archaeological ruins of Mitla, juxtaposed with the smaller private passages commonly found in pre-colonial regional architecture. As well as the use of local materials such as parota wood, straws of dried palma tree that allow us to identify and connect with the characteristic environment of the place.
Project name: casa COVA
Company name: anonimous
Project location: Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Mexico
Completion Year: 2019
Building area (m²): 1,287 m2
[Alfonso Jimenez Principal Architect, Barbara Trujillo Principal Architect.
Design Team: Mónica Ochoa, Francisco Martínez, Ana Cristina Fernández, Lucrecia Brero, Joaquín Ríos, Maria Luisa Guzmán (Media & Marketing)
Landscape Consultants: AmbienteArquitectosAsociados
Lighting Consultants: Foton Ltd, Martin Leal]
General contractor: Juan Carlos SteffanoniConstruction
Photocredits: Rafael Gamo