Mexico‘s Casa X: Building in natural stone as an accent

How to set an accent with natural stone is demonstrated effectively by Eliás Rizo Arquitectos and Agraz Arquitectos with the aid of their Casa X in Mexico’s Zapopan.

(November 2013) How to set an accent with natural stone is demonstrated effectively by Eliás Rizo Arquitectos and Agraz Arquitectos with the aid of their Casa X in Mexico’s Zapopan: they designed part of the outside façade using the open book technique in marble.

Most such artistic and expensive implementations of natural stone are restricted to interior use.

Surprising, as most such artistic and expensive implementations of natural stone are restricted to interior use. But special protection against the elements was not necessary according to the architects.

Apart from natural stone accents, the façade’s surfaces are concrete or whitewashed. Metal grids and large windows provide a change of perspective around the entrance and stairwell.

Apart from natural stone accents, the façade’s surfaces are concrete or whitewashed. Metal grids and large windows provide a change of perspective around the entrance and stairwell.

Some of the rooms have marble flooring.

Some of the rooms have marble flooring.

The shower is decorated with marble.

The shower is decorated with marble.

Brazilian designer Ludson Zampirolli put a tutorial online showing how to arrange open books and similar patterns.

Eliás Rizo Arquitectos

Agraz Arquitectos

Ludson Zampirolli

Photos: Mito Covarrubias

Eliás Rizo Arquitectos, Agraz Arquitectos: Casa X.

(29.11.2013, USA: 11.29.2013)