Imativa Arquitectos wanted to create a home that takes full advantage of the enviable views in San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas while sitting in harmony with the surrounding environment. Sal Casa combines rammed earth walls, native plant landscaping and light management techniques to create a comfortable and modern space tucked into the coastal hillside of Sonora, Mexico.
Sal Casa was built with the idea of honoring the landscape around it. To that end, the architects utilized rammed-earth walls to give the home texture, climate control and natural color. The earth was obtained from the hillside that was excavated while building the home. Skylights allow ample light to fill the space, while the windows are covered by large overhangs that help control direct sunlight.
The landscaping was completed using local and native plants to reduce irrigation needs and further unify the home with the land. This landscaping also helps to create the least disturbance possible on the environment. Exterior supports are made using steel that has been allowed to age naturally.
The home sits on the hillside with views of both the ocean and the nearby San Carlos mountains and, to take advantage of these incredible views, has large windows and an large outdoor deck space where people can cook, dine, swim and lounge. The home can be accessed on two different levels: from the street-side upper level or the private lower level.