While a home provides shelter, it can also highlight exciting architectural design and a marriage with the surrounding landscape. In the case of CBC House, it’s all that and more.
“Casa CBC” is located in Lomas de Chapultepec, a residential and commercial neighborhood to the west of Mexico City. This thriving locale is upscale, luxurious and approachable, and the architecture takes inspiration from the surrounding Chapultepec forest.
Designed by Mexican firm Estudio MMX, the CBC House development began with a desire for extensive gardens. In fact, the house is almost an afterthought compared to the expansive greenery that defines the property. In essence, the team designed gardens at every level, and then incorporated the house into the remaining space. As a result, the entire home feels like one continuous garden, blurring the lines between outdoors and indoors in every room. The connection to nature is obvious from any angle, from the front door to the upstairs rooms with large windows that frame the gardens on elevated platforms.
“Our strategy was to imagine the garden as an interconnected system of open spaces that runs throughout the house,” said Diego Ricalde, one of four partners at Estudio MMX.
The suspended gardens lovingly coddle the 708-square-meter house, which provides welcoming spaces throughout. Public areas open up to the wide-ranging views while intimate spaces are created through the use of narrowed hallways and stairways. The diverse experiences as one moves through the house are created by dynamic changes in heights and scales between rooms. The inclusion of vast glass walls further embraces natural light and a connection to the outdoor environment.
Making the most of the limited available land, designers placed the L-shaped home in the corner of the lot. Because the main material throughout is a subtly tinted concrete, architects softened the firm geometric outline with greenery across the flat roof, on the upper terraces and in the courtyard. This allowed room for a large entertaining space in the main area of the property, equipped with an inviting seating and dining area beneath the open sky.
Photography by Rafael Gamo via Estudio MMX