A steep 125-metre-long lot, which can only be partially built due to its location within a nature reserve, is the starting point of the project conceived by Manuel Cervantes Estudio in the metropolitan area of Mexico City. Developed on a 70-metre-long portion, the two residential units maintain a strong continuity with the surrounding nature through the dialogue between the succession of terraced floors where the houses are located and the adjacent outdoor spaces.
Accessible through the lower parking area, also shared with the second house, the main residence is divided between a large living area and the bedrooms on the upper floor. In addition to the residential areas, a study has been located on the lower terrace: conceived as a parallelepiped of 4.8 meters high accessible from the garden of the residence, it is characterized by monumental unplastered volumes and, as for the house, uses the full height windows to enhance the view of the ravine.
The use of concrete characterizes the external facades, which are always framed by a supporting structure whose linearity finds a further articulation through the adaptation to the topography. In the interiors, the rarefaction of the furnishing is heated by the dialogue among the materials resulting from the contrasts between concrete, wooden beams and bricks.
- Studio house
- Amatepec, Mexico City
- Manuel Cervantes Estudio