The TCH House is contemporary specimen of the modern, purpose built Office/Residence. Lawyers, doctors and architects are probably the most common professionals that develop this style of residence for a number of reasons ranging from the financial and economic to the social and cultural.
Mexican architects, Arkylab masterfully handle this unique typology with their TCH House in the city of Aguascalientes. Sitting on 1100 sqm, the single volume building is, as expected, divided into two zones. At the entrance of the site, you have the office, which is about a third of the entire development. Parallel parking for 5 cars sits comfortably in front, made possible with the use of what appears to be a collapsible gate clad with strips of rich timber.
A stone garden and concrete pathway typify the landscaping that leads past the offices into the more private residence. Integrated seamlessly into both zones are two pre-existing ash trees, one at the office and one at the rear of the residence. The residence is punctuated by a garden court adjacent to the vestibule, that helps to flood the space with light and air. The interior spaces are large and comfortable offering 3 sizeable ensuite bedrooms each with views to the surrounding gardens.
Concrete, steel and wood form both the exterior and interior character of the building offering an authentic aesthetic that is devoid of any cosmetic treatment as such. At first glance, the TCH House comes off as cold and almost clinical. Its as though its corporate office component has overextended its character into the residence, but, the use of light, material and texture, most especially the stone gardens gives a unique character that goes beyond what some call the “international style” of residential design usually characterised by clean horizontal lines. This has that, but with an added layer of texture and intent that is evident both on the outside and the inside. Its formal and yet stylish, catering to two distinct functions in a seamless and effortless manner.