An Affordable High-Design Vacation Home in Mexico

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January 29, 2013
Originally published in Modern for Less
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Family Empire
By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot.
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  Architect Joaquin Castillo blends inexpensive materials, the odd splurge, and 
a refined modernist sensibility to create an affordable weekend house for brothers Alfredo and Guillermo Oropeza. The facade is a juxtaposition of rough-hewn local stone, smooth concrete, glass, and steel—the material palette used throughout the structure.
    Architect Joaquin Castillo blends inexpensive materials, the odd splurge, and 
a refined modernist sensibility to create an affordable weekend house for brothers Alfredo and Guillermo Oropeza. The facade is a juxtaposition of rough-hewn local stone, smooth concrete, glass, and steel—the material palette used throughout the structure.
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  On an idyllic afternoon, members of the Oropeza and Castillo clans splash in the backyard pool framed by Trex decking and outfitted with furniture by Móbica.
    On an idyllic afternoon, members of the Oropeza and Castillo clans splash in the backyard pool framed by Trex decking and outfitted with furniture by Móbica.
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  Chef Alfredo Oropeza wanted the kitchen to be the heart of the house. By saving money on building materials elsewhere in the project, Castillo was able to indulge in cabinetry by Porcelanosa, bar stools by Ligne Roset, and a granite island, making this the crème de la crème of kitchens.
    Chef Alfredo Oropeza wanted the kitchen to be the heart of the house. By saving money on building materials elsewhere in the project, Castillo was able to indulge in cabinetry by Porcelanosa, bar stools by Ligne Roset, and a granite island, making this the crème de la crème of kitchens.
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  Roche Bobois’s Agami sofa anchors the media room.
    Roche Bobois’s Agami sofa anchors the media room.
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  Alfredo chops away in the kitchen, which features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls.
    Alfredo chops away in the kitchen, which features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls.
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  The house is oriented toward the expansive backyard, where the family spends 80 percent of its time. Alfredo’s wife Lorena, son Lorenzo, nieces Camila and Valentina, and Castillo’s daughter, Regina, hang out by the pool—the focal point of Transepto’s restrained landscape design.
    The house is oriented toward the expansive backyard, where the family spends 80 percent of its time. Alfredo’s wife Lorena, son Lorenzo, nieces Camila and Valentina, and Castillo’s daughter, Regina, hang out by the pool—the focal point of Transepto’s restrained landscape design.
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  Cocoyoc House Floor Plan
A Deck
B Pool
C Kitchen
D Bathroom
E Bedroom
F Dining room
G Living room
H Master bedroom
I   Media room
    Cocoyoc House Floor Plan A Deck B Pool C Kitchen D Bathroom E Bedroom F Dining room G Living room H Master bedroom I Media room
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