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Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Project size: 10,000 square feet

Program: A residence—composed of a double-story, four-bedroom main house and a guest house—sits on an expansive site with a nursery featuring an authentic Troje (an agricultural structure typically used to store grains on Mexican haciendas), an outdoor amphitheater, a jogging track, and a caretaker's dwelling.

Solution: The main house consists of 12 structurally independent rammed earth structures organized around two large courtyards. The architects then divided the public spaces from the bedrooms with outdoor patios, terraces, gardens, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and two interior corridors that weave all the volumes together.

Construction and materials: The architects chose rammed earth walls for their thermal storage and temperature control qualities. Local parota wood, stone, concrete, glass, and tiles are also utilized throughout.

Additional Information:
Gross square footage: 10,000 square feet
Total project cost: Withheld
Owner: Withheld

Casa Candelaria.

Photo © Enrique Macias, click to enlarge.

Casa Candelaria.

Photo © Enrique Macias

Casa Candelaria.

Photo © Enrique Macias

Casa Candelaria.

Photo © Enrique Macias

Casa Candelaria.

Photo © Enrique Macias

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Casa Candelaria.

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Casa Candelaria.


Cherem Arquitectos.
Av. Corregidores 823, 7th floor, Lomas de Virreyes, Miguel Hidalgo 11000.
+52 (55) 5035 7888

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record: Abraham Cherem + Jose Antonio Aguilar  (Cherem Arquitectos)

Associate architect(s):
Daniel Huerta + Cristian Noriega

Interior designer:
Cherem Arquitectos

Structural Engineers: Javier Ribe "IESSA"
MEP: Jose Madrid "TALLER 2M"


Construction:"Cabrera y Asociados"
Lighting Design: "Artec3"
Landscape Design: "Pedro Sánchez"

General contractor:
"Cabrera y Asociados"

Enrique Macias



Structural System:
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: Rammed earth walls, Enrique Cabrera

Exterior Cladding
Masonry: Rammed earth walls
Wood: Parota

Built-Up Roofing: Exposed concrete slabs

Wood frame: Parota shutters

Entrances: Custom parota wood
Wood Doors: Parota

Locksets: Schlage

Interior Finishes:
Wall Coverings: Stucco "Hiru art studio"
Solid Surfacing: Parota parquet, moka creme stone, archaelogical stone, black granite
Floor and Wall Tile: Clay tile
Special interior finishes unique to this project: Concrete and copper custom made furniture.

Chairs: Carl Hansen, Hans Wegner, PP Mobler
Other Furniture: Living Divani, concrete and copper funriture "Taller Tornel"

Interior Ambient Lighting: Iguzzini
Downlights: Flos, iguzzini
Exterior: Iguzzini
Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron