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ArchDaily, the world's most visited architecture website, has featured Casa Ithualli on both its Spanish- and English-language platforms. Organized around a courtyard that provides its interiors with shelter and privacy, Casa Ithualli (meaning “Patio House” in ancient Nahuatl) emphasizes direct access to outdoor spaces and natural light while using ordinary materials in novel ways. See the post here.
A double-height glass curtainwall in the living room maximizes views to an enclosed courtyard. The lower walls of the courtyard are solid concrete, contrasted above by airy white pipe screens. Inside, the design incorporates innovative details such as a staircase formed out of bent steel plate, which leads from the living room to the private bedrooms on the second level. Sustainable features include double-wall construction; Duo Vent windows; a prefabricated, lightweight concrete structure; and a 2-kiloWatt rooftop solar array.
Casa Ithualli was commissioned as the grand prize in a nationwide raffle that funds scholarships for college students at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Prior to the lottery, the home was toured by over 31,000 people.