Reflections on a Lake

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July 28, 2009

Unobtrusively distinct from its neighbors, a weekend house in Mexico assimilates the colors of the surrounding landscape on surfaces of glass, steel, and concrete.

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  For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. Here, his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, checks out the view from the balcony.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. Here, his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, checks out the view from the balcony.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  Now home to a hillside resort town, the lake of Valle de Bravo was formed in 1946, in one of president Miguel Alemán’s hydroelectric dam projects. Casa Ia was named for the architect’s first child and planned with lake views as a primary objective.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    Now home to a hillside resort town, the lake of Valle de Bravo was formed in 1946, in one of president Miguel Alemán’s hydroelectric dam projects. Casa Ia was named for the architect’s first child and planned with lake views as a primary objective.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  The house has what some architects would call an upside-down plan, with living spaces upstairs and bedrooms below. The upper story is strikingly transparent; the lower is camouflaged by thick, foliage-covered walls, which keep the sleeping areas cool.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    The house has what some architects would call an upside-down plan, with living spaces upstairs and bedrooms below. The upper story is strikingly transparent; the lower is camouflaged by thick, foliage-covered walls, which keep the sleeping areas cool.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  Loredana Dall’ Amico reads in the living room, where all the seating was designed by her husband. The floating stain­less steel unit behind her is also his design and contains a state-of-the-art stereo system.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    Loredana Dall’ Amico reads in the living room, where all the seating was designed by her husband. The floating stain­less steel unit behind her is also his design and contains a state-of-the-art stereo system.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  The kids and their mother relax in the pool area, their figures framed against a monochromatic background of steel and concrete.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    The kids and their mother relax in the pool area, their figures framed against a monochromatic background of steel and concrete.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  The lake can be seen from the pool. The patio doors are held open by rocks that Gomez-Pimienta collected on various pilgrimages: Taliesin West in Arizona, Chateau Neuf du Pape in France, and others.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    The lake can be seen from the pool. The patio doors are held open by rocks that Gomez-Pimienta collected on various pilgrimages: Taliesin West in Arizona, Chateau Neuf du Pape in France, and others.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  Sold in some of Mexico’s larger cities (Mexico City and Guadalajara), as well as in New York and Paris, Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta's design line, BGP, is perfectly sampled at the house in Valle de Bravo. Because the kitchen, dining area, and living room are a single space where Gomez-Pimienta kept materials minimal, the individ­ual forms of the objects stand out. The Casa Ia tableware is that of the Habita Hotel; Java chairs surround the cantilevered concrete dining table; Attu armchairs welcome peaceful moments in the living room. Even the outdoor furniture is meticulously designed: “The easy chairs have a somewhat industrial structure due to the stainless steel, but the knitted plastic gives them a soft and gentle gesture,” he says.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    Sold in some of Mexico’s larger cities (Mexico City and Guadalajara), as well as in New York and Paris, Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta's design line, BGP, is perfectly sampled at the house in Valle de Bravo. Because the kitchen, dining area, and living room are a single space where Gomez-Pimienta kept materials minimal, the individ­ual forms of the objects stand out. The Casa Ia tableware is that of the Habita Hotel; Java chairs surround the cantilevered concrete dining table; Attu armchairs welcome peaceful moments in the living room. Even the outdoor furniture is meticulously designed: “The easy chairs have a somewhat industrial structure due to the stainless steel, but the knitted plastic gives them a soft and gentle gesture,” he says.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  In the master bath, the architect managed to combine privacy and a view by adding a horizontal-line pattern to the glass wall.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    In the master bath, the architect managed to combine privacy and a view by adding a horizontal-line pattern to the glass wall.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  The rounded steel guardrails on the kids’ bunk beds are meant to inspire fantasies of nautical adventures.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    The rounded steel guardrails on the kids’ bunk beds are meant to inspire fantasies of nautical adventures.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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  On the desk in the master bedroom, two Philippe Starck fly swatters sit aside a Tolomeo lamp from Artemide.  Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro
    On the desk in the master bedroom, two Philippe Starck fly swatters sit aside a Tolomeo lamp from Artemide.

    Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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