CASA DAUGHERTY
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MÉXICO
Design 1995
Honorable Mention
International Architecture
5th Architecture Biennial of Puerto Rico
Concept: The wall is dominant, a primordial element from pre-Colombian and colonial architecture in Mexico. It is used to divide the spaces into public and private realms. that are expressed through their orientation in plan. These orientations also make for a central patio space that is rectangular, like a traditional hacienda, but here, found within an irregular site.

The exposed brick wall is given importance through its thickness that is revealed by niches and openings. This massive construction is appropriate to the mountain climate of San Miguel. Natural illumination plays a major part in providing daytime warmth and abundant light.
Site: Located ten blocks to the south of the historic central plaza of San Miguel. The site is an “L” shaped, irregular lot without parallel sides, and is introverted, with little street presence and surrounded by the high walls of the neighbors.
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Construction: The house uses traditional materials and construction technology, including brick bovedas, all within a modern design vocabulary. The brick structure is reinforced by a concrete skeleton. Walls are either exposed brick or stucco. Doors and windows were custom designed. The 2,100 sf structure was built at a cost of $170,000 and completed in 1995.