A contemporary house built in a nature reserve in Mexico.

Built with great respect for nature, Casa en El Torón is a perfect example of sustainable architecture. Mexico City–based architecture practice Ignacio Urquiza Arquitectos designed the vacation house for a young family. The dwelling rises from rocky cliffs in the Torón nature reserve in Oaxaca, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Inspired by 1970s Mexican architecture, the house features living spaces that open completely to the surrounding landscape. The studio designed three volumes that sit lightly on the site, minimize their impact on the environment, and blend discreetly in the verdant setting at the same time.

The largest building houses a bedroom and studio on the lower level and a kitchen, dining area, and living room on the upper floor. Nearby, a smaller one-story pavilion contains guest bedrooms and a patio. The third volume houses bedrooms as well as cooking, dining, and lounge areas. This module functions as a the owners’ retreat when they rent out the other buildings. While all bedrooms are closed and private, the living spaces on the upper levels open to the landscape completely. These areas don’t have partition walls, allowing the clients, their friends, or guests to cook, dine, and relax in the open air. Terraces extend the living spaces, immersing the inhabitants into nature further.

When needed, PVC curtains descend to protect the interior either from the sun or the rain. Likewise, the bedrooms feature wooden shutters that can easily control the light or ventilation. To build the house, the architecture firm used natural and locally sourced materials. Apart from tropical wood and palm roofs, the volumes also feature concrete and wood beams along with stone left over from the excavation stage. Finally, the travertine used for the terraces comes from the nearby state of Veracruz. Photographs© Onnis Luque.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Casa P

    A villa from the 1980s refurbished with modern living spaces and sand-textured concrete walls. Located…

  • Hale Mau’u

    A vacation house built in a tranquil natural landscape in Hawaii. Located on Hawaii’s Big…

  • The MV Chalet

    An old mountain chalet redesigned with new interiors and subtle extensions. Located in Madesimo, in…

  • Casa Octavia

    A minimalist boutique hotel that embodies the values of fashion brand Casa Octavia. Created in…

  • House in Puertecillo

    A contemporary wood house nestled between a forest and the sea in Chile. Built in…

  • Barwon Heads House

    A run-down cottage transformed into a gorgeous modern home. Located in Barwon Heads, Australia, this…

  • Forest House

    A steel and wood house nestled in a forest near Lake Tahoe. Located in Truckee,…

  • Villa RA

    A minimalist house nestled in a coastal landscape in Calabria, Italy. Designed by Italy and…

  • Divine House

    A wooden house designed with black cladding and white oak surfaces throughout the interior. Inspired…

  • Bivouac Zoran Simic Cabin

    A mountain refuge designed to offer shelter as well as access to stunning views. Built…

  • The Voxel Quarantine Cabin

    A cabin prototype that proposes a green architectural solution for cities. Designed and built by…

Take me there

  • The Casona Sforza Hotel

    A new boutique hotel inspired by tradition, harmonious reflection, and nature. Designed by Mexican architect…

  • The Kiro Hiroshima Hotel

    A former hospital transformed into a modern hotel. Located in the center of Hiroshima, Japan,…

  • Numeroventi

    An art residency program in the center of Florence. Founded by Martino di Napoli Rampolla…

loader