Casa Enso II in San Miguel de Allende
HW Studio 

Casa Enso II in San Miguel de Allende

HW Studio 


This small house in the Mexican state of Guanajuato rises in a complex organized by a cruciform ground plan. Built with local stone, it strikes up a respectful dialogue with the surroundings. Stone paths define four quadrants. The lower right one is the access, welcoming the resident or visitor with a garden of native plants. The second quadrant is for parking, with shade given by trees that were there before. A wall protects the entrance, ensures privacy indoors, and emphasizes the horizontal presence of the mountain in the background. Within this quadrant stands the one-bedroom dwellings, where the more public areas are separated from the private ones by a single volume that contains the bathrooms, the dressing room, and the service area. And the fourth quadrant is for the office, the only vertical element that stands out, a counterpoint to the horizontal character of the rest.