The family’s first child entered the world as the construction of his future home was well underway. Spreading over three levels, this modern family home known as the V House sums up 354 square meters organized around a central staircase. This important design element was imagined as pivoting the whole floor plan. Agraz Arquitectos imagined the spacious family home in Puerta Plata, Zapopan, Mexico, as a collection of spaces inspiring the new family’s next step: “The birth of the first child of this family is what generated the direction to try to have the house, stage of family life, remain present in the memories of this small child as the context of laughter and joy, and everything that will form a memorable childhood in this house.”
Photographed by Mito Covarrubias, the home showcases a floor plan imagined for a growing family. The ground floor is divided between a studio with a bathroom looking out the main facade, which can be used as family room and occasionally as guest room and the separate kitchen and an additional bathroom. Here, the open floor plan extends to the garden and covered deck in the backyard. In the architects’ words, the home encourages a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor: “A space for the dining room with a large window that serves to showcase and enjoy the garden, and a separate structure that extends to accommodate a deck that makes the public area a kind of transition between inside and outside, between natural and artificial. This terrace also allows a joyful daytime use of these areas as it is ideal for gatherings with family and friends.”
For a complete modern living experience, the floor-plan was inverted, boasting the family space upstairs: “The staircase, designed as a vertical axis, leads to the third level, onto a family or TV room. At this level, the front facade is reserved for the master bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, protected from solar radiation by a metal lattice, which is a piece by the artist Adrian Guerrero and born from a base which in turn has another sculpture from the same author. And the south facade houses two bedrooms with bathrooms.” On the basement level, the cars have a good shelter accompanied by utility rooms and cellars. What else would you add to make this home perfect for your own family?