Organic House in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico by Javier Senosiain

Project name:
Casa Orgánica (Organic House)
Architecture firm:
Javier Senosiain Arquitectura Orgánica
Acueducto Morelia 26, Vista del Valle, 53296, Naucalpan de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico
Jaime Jacott, Francisco Lubbert, Senosiain
Principal architect:
Javier Senosiain Aguilar
Luis Raúl Enríquez Montiel (crew)
Built area:
178 m²
Site area:
540 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Ferro-cement, clay, glass, steel
Juan Sánchez Torres
Residential › House

Designed by renowned Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, Organic House is located in Naucalpan de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico.


Architect’s Statement: The idea for the project was first conceived and took its likeness from a peanut shell: two roomy oval spaces with a lot of light, connected by a low, narrow, dimly lit passageway. The idea for this proposal was based on the elemental functions required by man: a place to live and fellowship with others, which would include a living room, dining room, and kitchen, and another place for sleeping, with a dressing room and bath. The original concept is embodied in two large spaces: diurnal and nocturnal.

The house was designed with the desire to feel, when one enters, like he is going underground, conscious of how singular the space was, without losing the integration of the inside with the green, natural landscape outside.

Once the topographic study was finished, the location of trees was given special attention so that they would not have to be moved or taken out altogether to make room for the structure. Several clay models were created, one dedicated to the analysis and design of the shapes, volumes and spaces outside and the other to plan the inside spaces. Both of these models were developed throughout the course of the entire project with the interest and intensity of an important sculpture.

The first lines were drawn a little like lyric painters might have drawn them, allowing the lines to curve and move at will while playing with free forms, then turning the compass and giving the curved rulerfree rein. In other words, the sinuous wall is serpentine in nature, winding and wrapping itself around free spaces thereby bringing about aplayful process in the design, always seeking a southerly orientation as it moves around existing trees and slides down slopes. Like the music written by a composer, involuntarily but nevertheless consciously, it finally generated a form that reminds one of the soft materials an embryo is wrapped in.

Once the construction stage was reached, a cross was drawn in the center of the property, which served as a reference for a system of Cartesian coordinates. This made placement of the center of the circles easier. Using this as a base, a hose, kept in place with stakes, was employed to outline the walls of the house.