Annually since 1947, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education) has held the Tec Raffle to raise scholarship funds. Since 2013 the first prize has been a house designed by a recognized architecture practice, and this year the commission to design it went to the Chilean firm Elemental (Alejandro Aravena, Gonzalo Arteaga, Víctor Oddó, Diego Torres, Juan Cerda).
Located in San Pedro Garza García, a city within metropolitan Monterrey, in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, the concentric structure respods to all directions on an irregular plot with contradictory orientations and geometries. Conceived as a contemporary castle, the 614-square-meter, 3-floor residence is built with reinforced concrete, brick, and glass. The volume is lifted off the ground and presents a vertical void that lets one see the sky from ground level. Juan Cerda of Elemental led the project and Ana Landa did the interiors.