Project name: LJ30

Location:  Zapopan, Jalisco, México

Date Completed: May 2017

Architect: MArch. Javier Dueñas,  Ar. Delfino Lozano, Ar. Gabriela Gonzalez, Ar. Daniel Villalba, Ar. Gustavo Martin, Ar. Adriana Alarcón, Ar. Gabriela Serrano, Ar. Rodrigo Carreón, Ar. Gloria López,

Interior Designer:  Mumo, Kenya Rodriguez, Mariana Sánchez

Developer: CDM Casas de Mexico

Construction Company:  Arq. Jaime de Obeso, Ing. Ernesto Godínez, Alejandro García.


LJ30 is a house with the essence of the Mexican Haciendas and based on a Pa Kua map of five elements, giving the project its identity and harmony.

The place where we can really be ourselves it is the place where we feel identify and where we feel that we belong there, the place that gives us the answers to the questions that have always been there, who are we? Who we were? And most importantly, who we want to be? The architectural spaces should push us as users to ask ourselves these questions and try to answer them.

The foundations of this project are two ideas coming from two different and unique worlds, the Mexican western tradition of the haciendas, and the eastern beliefs of the Feng Shui. The architectural program is born from the client´s passion with the Mexican haciendas and how they connect the public and private spaces through a central patio that works as a central axis of the house, giving the spaces the quality of coexisting between them. In this way CDM Casa De Mexico create different atmospheres in every space depending on the time of day and the season.

The brief was to create a house for a family of five, but as it is common on the Mexican families, that means a lot of visits, and a lot of family and friend reunions, that is why CDM Casa de Mexico created great social spaces where everyone is welcome, and connected these with the central patio to give the spaces a pace sensation.

The way the spaces are distributed around the house responds to the concept of equilibrium, creating calm atmospheres and a sense of tranquillity, all this by using a Pa Kua map. The house entrance has a mirror of water inspired on the Andalusians fountains, on top of the mirror of water CDM placed the path to the entrance, a wooden double door that gives you the feeling of leaving the noise and the stress of the city behind. After crossing the principal door the first thing you see is a great and peaceful Magnolia tree surrounded by vegetation right in the middle axis of the house.

This central patio can take us to three principal spaces represented by the Pa Kua map, the steel, represented by the matt black steel staircase that works as a connection between the social and private areas. Then, we have the fire, represented by the kitchen that works more as a social space and not as a work space, through this space you can also get to an outside fire pit showing clearly the fire element. And the last one is the wood that is represented by the public spaces, the living area and the terrace, divided by a great wooden cube that hide a bar on its interior. All this is surrounded by nature, different kinds of threes and vegetation that completes the Ka Pua map and gives the house the feeling harmony and peace.