EDAA Architects, Casa Meztitla, Mexico, mountain house, holiday home, retirement home, volcanic stone, pivoting doors, glass facade, rainwater collection, green architecture

The house sits at the foot of Tepozteco mountain in Mexico, considered sacred by the villagers and visitors of the El Tepozteco national park. The architects chose volcanic stone for the walls of the house and matched the new structure with the tones of the landscape. Large glass surfaces contrast the heavy walls and blur the line between inside and outside.

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The sunken L-shaped living room is surrounded with garden spaces and boasts fantastic views of nature. Steel-framed glazed surfaces pivot from the walls and allow access to cozy patios. Considering that the site is located in a humid area with abundant rainfall, the architects incorporated two rainwater reservoirs into the design. “This storm-water management captures every drop of rain that touches the property, uses it in different ways, and does not let a drop out,” explained studio founder Luis Arturo GarcĂ­a.

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