Arhitects: Taller de Arquitectura Contextual TAC
Alejandro D’acosta + Claudia Turrent
Location: Ensenada, Mexico
Offering uninterrupted views of the pacific coast, the ‘rayban house’ by californian design studio Alejandro D’acosta flows directly onto its beachfront location. The project emerged after living on the site for a year and getting to know the environmental conditions. The land itself provided many challenges, it is subject to constant winds and intense sun reflections due to its exposed position. The main idea was based on creating an outdoor living space that was able to be habitable throughout the seasons.
The built structure is dug two meters into the ground, burying the bedrooms below with communal areas placed above on the same level as the natural terrain. The outdoor patios enable protection against the wind and privacy from neighboring buildings, as well as the necessary support for the mud and soil system used. Constructed mainly from recycled materials, the house incorporates 300 pieces of wooden bridge sequoias from San Francisco, clay walls and about 200 railroad ties.