Design regeneratively with the rainwater. Rain Harvest Home by Robert Hutchison and Javier Sánchez

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Architects
Robert Hutchison, JSa Arquitectura. Collaboration between Robert Hutchison Architecture & Javier Sanchez Arquitectos.
Project team
Robert Hutchison & Javier Sanchez, Sean Morgan, Berenice Solis.
Collaborators
Structural Engineer.- Bykonen Carter Quinn.
General Contractor
Mic Mac Estructuras.
Area
Total built: 430 m².
House.- 227 m².
Study.- 30 m².
Spa.- 62 m².
Machine room.- 111 m².
Dates
Completed.- October 2020.
Location
Temascaltepec, Mexico.
Photography
Cesar Bejar, Rafael Gamo, Jaime Navarro.

Robert Hutchison Architecture

Robert Hutchison Architecture (RHA) specializes in the design of contemporary projects that balance beautiful, inspiring spaces with economic, pragmatic solutions. In partnership with clients, consultants, and builders, they seek creative solutions for elegant and efficient architecture. At the core of their work lies an interest in investigating the boundaries of architecture, balancing the permanent with the ephemeral to create works evoking a strong sense of place. Their diverse projects include custom homes and remodels, cabins, art studios, commercial interiors, and institutional and public works. Always striving for a holistic practice, we balance architectural commissions with research, writing, and installation projects.

Robert Hutchison is a practitioner, researcher, and educator whose interests and practice overlap the fields of architecture, art and photography. Hutchison received a MArch degree from the University of Washington in 1996, and BS degree in Structural Engineering and Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in 1990. After working for the Miller|Hull Partnership and serving as a principal of Hutchison & Maul Architecture, in 2013 Hutchison established the architecture studio Robert Hutchison Architecture. Hutchison is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches architectural design studios at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the recipient of numerous honours and fellowships, including a 2017 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a 2022 MacDowell Fellowship, a 2024 Loghaven Fellowship, a 2010 and 2021 Japan/US Friendship Creative Artists Fellowship, and the 2009 Emerging Voices awarded by The Architectural League of NY.

Javier Sánchez. JSa Arquitectura

JSa Arquitectura. Mexican architecture studio based in Mexico City, founded by Javier Sánchez in 1996. Awarded more than 55 national and international awards and with more than 15 years of experience, it develops projects of various kinds such as houses, homes, homes social, museums, schools, commercial spaces, cultural spaces, offices, mixed-use buildings, public spaces, etc. in Mexico as well as abroad. It is a young firm that includes more than 70 people, each specialized in their area.

Javier Sánchez. Founding partner and director of the workshop. Architect from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with honours (1996), with a Master's in Science and Development of Real Estate Projects from Columbia University, New York (1998). His work has focused on urban acupuncture projects and the recovery of architectural heritage.

His recognitions include the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (2006) for the Brasil 44 social housing project; the Best New Global Design award from the Chicago Athenaeum (2007) for the Condesa DF hotel; the Gold Medal of the National Biennial of Mexican Architecture (2020) by the MMAC Juan Soriano; and recently, the Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects (2022) for the Casa Cosecha de Lluvia project (in collaboration with RHA).

In 2008 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); in 2009 he entered the National System of Art Creators of the System of Support for Creation and Cultural Projects (previously known as FONCA); and since 2011 he is a member of the National Academy of Architecture. In 2014 he was invited to give the Federico E. Mariscal Extraordinary Chair at the Faculty of Architecture of the UNAM, in recognition of his outstanding and high level of performance in the architectural discipline.

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