Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao has hidden part of a holiday home inside a forest by cladding it in mirrored glass. With a footprint of just under 2,200 square feet, Los Terrenos (Spanish for “The Terrains”) comprises three structures, each built with one of three main materials: mirrored glass, earth, or wood. Despite the diversity in construction materials, beautiful and complementary modern interiors are woven throughout the experimental residence.



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Located on a forested slope in Monterrey, Los Terrenos currently comprises two structures—the third, which will be built of wood and elevated for treetop views, has yet to be built. The larger of the two completed buildings is clad in mirrored glass and houses an open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen in a double-height space. The one-way mirrors gives the building a greenhouse feel with floor-to-ceiling views of the forest.

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The private areas consisting of two bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the L-shaped building built of clay brick and rammed earth placed diagonally opposite of the mirrored structure. A gorgeous chevron-shaped clay-brick wall in the bedrooms stylistically matches the chevron-shaped ceramic divider found in living room and the paver patterns on the paths around the residence. The bedrooms also look out to sweeping views of the forest.

+ Tatiana Bilbao

Via Architectural Record

Images by Rory Gardiner

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Los Terrenos by Tatiana Bilbao, mirrored glass architecture, mirrored glass home, reflective architecture, experimental glass home, rammed earth and clay brick house, mirrored glass greenhouse, chevron-shaped lattice, Monterrey contemporary architecture

Los Terrenos by Tatiana Bilbao, mirrored glass architecture, mirrored glass home, reflective architecture, experimental glass home, rammed earth and clay brick house, mirrored glass greenhouse, chevron-shaped lattice, Monterrey contemporary architecture