By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot. The facade is a juxtaposition of rough-hewn local stone, smooth concrete, glass, and steel—the material palette used throughout the structure.
Luis Arturo García, lead designer and partner at EDAA, wanted to create a home that was intimately connected to the natural environment; a home that never closed on itself. This was achieved primarily with pivoting glass doors, allowing the residents to take advantage of the mild climate while maintaining a constant visual relationship to the outdoors.
A young family seeking a modern home in Mexico City turned to C Cúbica Architects, who designed a retreat from the city’s bustling streets that boasts high ceilings and an open layout. It was a challenge for the firm to create a modern space that strayed from the traditional homes for which the area is known. “In Lomas de Chapultepec, there is a tradition of [California-style] houses," says Andrea Cesarman, founding partner of C Cúbica Architects. "We created a new approach to Mexican city living." With tasteful furniture (like a rocking chair by De La Espada and a bench from Pirwi) along with a refined mix of wood, steel, and glass, the home is a dream for a modern family.
On an undesirable lot in Mexico City, architect Yuri Zagorin Alazraki created this stacked home and lush garden. The house features several courtyards, conveying an ever-present sense of indoor-outdoor living.
Common amongst many Mexican families, the weekend home—or casa de fin de semana—is traditionally designed as a kind of weekly refresh meant to spatially distance residents from the workplace. Mexico City-based firm AS/D Asociación de Diseño conceived this particular weekend home as four separate volumes that the homeowners would place themselves, making the design process not only simple but actively participatory for all stakeholders. Within an extremely hot, dry climate, this home successfully accomodates a couple—now in their seventies—and their children. The architects explain, “These main spaces of the house create an interior-exterior relationship where the interior is well connected to nature and its surroundings, creating its own spatial context.”
For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. Here, his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, checks out the view from the balcony.
The early-20th-century structure now sits next its new 300 square meter modern addition. A garage and patio were added, as well as a balcony that would complement the proportions of those in the original building. According to architect Rodrigo Seáñez Quevedo of LABorstudio, the biggest challenge was to approach both structures with a “common language” and explore the idea that “preservation and modernity can coexist.”