Homes like the incredible Casa Colorada prove that smart design can blend high-end style with sustainability. The home is named for the clay and red soil of the mountain where it is built in touristy Valle de Bravo, which is about 87 miles from Mexico City. Overlooking a lake and a forest of oak and pine trees, Casa Colorada is surrounded by winding rivers and breathtaking views.

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Once Once Arquitectura faced several challenges to create this luxury home. The terrain is elongated and has steep slopes, and the team wanted to preserve all trees on the property. As such, columns were built to allow the trees to remain undisturbed, and the front terrace has many gaps to provide room for trees and branches. It’s an innovative design that strongly conveys how architects can approach preserving nature.

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The house has a breezy, open floor plan that includes a large dining room, a kitchen and a living room all surrounded by windows that share the stunning views. The dining room opens up to a terrace and an interior patio. This patio area catches the sunlight in the morning. In the afternoon, it becomes a shady space to enjoy nature. Sliding doors connect the living room and dining room to the outside. The kitchen has its own bar area with a terrace of its own.

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The materials for Casa Colorada were carefully chosen. The walls are plastered with cement and sand, and the floors are paneled with mud. The roofs are made with planks of local wood and beams as well as clay tiles. The efficient windows are made with double glass to prevent energy loss. A passive design and naturally insulating materials keep this house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Casa Colorada is luxurious, but it is also clear that it was made with sustainability in mind.

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