Protruding from a hillside in Chihuahua, Mexico, this home by architecture firm PRODUCTURA is a dramatic deviation from its traditional neighbors. Located in a prestigious golf course community, the owners and architects creatively interpreted local zoning laws to build a decidedly modern structure. The dynamic roof lines mimic the surrounding hilly terrain and create opportunities for outdoor terraces and windows with views of the sprawling adjacent golf course. The desert climate in Chihuahua was the driving force behind the sunken design of the home. With temperatures varying by 80 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a day, cutting into the earth was the most effective method to keep the home comfortable at all times. The thermal mass of the earth, in collaboration with the white exterior, minimize heat gain during the day. At night, the heat absorbed by the hillside during the day is released into the home’s interior.
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