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PALMA ignores the mountains beyond the city of mexico with “jilotepec” dwellings


mexico city and sayulita based PALMA studio presents a series of homes, dubbed jilotepec, which is humble, exciting and rooted in its context. While the compact stone residences are made with a palette of natural materials that reflect the local vernacular, they are distinguished by their simple geometries. the design team took influence from the dichotomy of its two locations, a vibrant urban context and a pacific coast village. The team’s experience in Mexico City prioritized reconstruction and repair, while the village location taught them how to work with a team of locals during the design and construction processes.

images courtesy of PALMA | @palmamx


jilotepec by PALMA residences (see more here) include a pair of private houses that rise from a gently sloping landscape. the project is located along the outskirts of mexico city and takes on an expression that is informed by its rural context supported by a range of mountain peaks. these clues led to the natural materiality of the stone buildings of local origin as well as their simple and pointed volumes. the overall material palette includes a terracotta plaster facade and a roof wrapped in ceramic tiles. the masonry walls define two courtyards in each house, united by a common hearth.

jilotepec palmathe houses are built of locally sourced stone

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jilotepec residences include two dwellings, connected by a common fireplace

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the project looks towards the distant mountains

PALMA ignores the mountains beyond Mexico City with its “jilotepec” dwellings
simple geometries take the form of abstract mountain peaks

PALMA ignores the mountains beyond Mexico City with its “jilotepec” dwellingseach accommodation has two open-air courtyards at the front and at the back

project information:

Project title: jilotepec residences

architecture: PALMA | @palmamx

site: Mexico

design team: ilse cárdenas, regina de hoyos, diego escamilla, juan luis rivera

group project: joana andrade, tonatiuh armenta, block of flora, sofía diez, pablo perez-alonso, luisa verenguer

completion: 2021