In Mexico City, architects Ana Nuno de Buen and Luis Young created Casa Cascada to perch atop an existing 1950s concrete apartment building. The effect is stunning but integrated. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this modern apartment uses glass for an open, airy feel and has its own courtyard created by the building’s rooftop.

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An aerial view of a green city.

Casa Cascada sits in the Pedregal de San Angel neighborhood, an upscale residential area south of Mexico City. The apartment is 140 square meters and connects to the unit below. Its most striking feature is the green steel cage-like structure, which frames the house and encloses the courtyard outside. The roof angles two slopes toward a central gutter. This style of roof allows those inside the home a better view of the trees outside.

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An angled view of the apartment exterior.

Inside, the green steel beams are exposed, creating a clean and polished feel not dissimilar to a birdcage. Wide plank flooring softens the look and further integrates this modern home into its comfortable and natural neighborhood. Furniture designed by Taller National, a Mexico City furniture designer, decorates the home.

Modern apartment surrounded by greenery.

The open living and dining space connect with a small kitchenette, and the entire space opens to the patio. “In response to the views and the surrounding context, the pavilion closes towards the east and west sides, and opens generously towards the south and north facades. Through large glass panels that open widely, the house integrates with the ambient vegetation, dissolving the boundary between interior and exterior,” the designers explained.

A modern apartment with a courtyard that connects to open glass doors.

A single bedroom is accessible via a hallway. Two bathrooms placed back to back separate the private living space from the public. The second bathroom is exclusively for the main suite. The green color of the steel repeats throughout the home in other design elements, including the window frames and carpets. The simple, open design prioritizes the natural environment.

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