Mexico City-based firm EDAA designed this rustic building as a holiday and retirement home for an elderly couple, incorporating the view of a nearby ancient Aztec temple into the new structure. The stone-walled mountain home in Mexico has large glass doors that pivot from the walls and open up towards the surrounding landscape, blending in and out, new and old.
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.
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 García.
Photos by Yoshihiro Koitani / KUU Studio