An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind

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By Heather Corcoran / Published by Dwell
In a natural getaway outside of Mexico City, an architect builds a rugged home to last.

For residents of the Mexican capital, nearby Tepoztlán is a relaxing natural getaway. When looking to build a retreat in the area, one real estate broker took the opportunity to look ahead and build something that would last a lifetime.

An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 1 of 7 - Located outside of Mexico City, Casa GP by architecture firm Ambrosi | Etchegaray integrates the local landscape with features like this pond.

Located outside of Mexico City, Casa GP by architecture firm Ambrosi | Etchegaray integrates the local landscape with features like this pond.


She called upon Mexico City–based architects Ambrosi | Etchegaray to create a residence that would one day transition from vacation home to a house for retirement.

To create the space, the architects looked to the local temperate climate and rugged landscape. In turn, they created a 3,800-square-foot structure that extends to the environment like an open-air pavilion.

An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 2 of 7 - Casa GP is laid out as a series of pavilions, with each holding another function.

Casa GP is laid out as a series of pavilions, with each holding another function.


An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 3 of 7 - The materials—concrete, stone, and brick—reference the local architecture, tying the house to its site and making it easier to find a construction team.

The materials—concrete, stone, and brick—reference the local architecture, tying the house to its site and making it easier to find a construction team.


The materials likewise relate to the home's surroundings. Stonework, concrete slabs and blocks all reference the nearby local architecture, while terraces and porches enhance the home's indoor/outdoor appeal.

The choice to use these materials came down to more than just aesthetics; as they are so common in the region, the architects knew it would be no problem to find craftsmen, despite the village setting. 

An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 4 of 7 - The concrete-and-brick house is perched on a stone wall. 

The concrete-and-brick house is perched on a stone wall. 


An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 5 of 7 - Thanks to the temperate climate, living and dining areas are able to be open to the surrounding environment.

Thanks to the temperate climate, living and dining areas are able to be open to the surrounding environment.

The architects designed the space as a series of volumes, each with a different function—a layout that encourages the residents to wander throughout the site through patios and gardens.

The energy program also considers the local environment. A 150,000-liter water tank holds rainwater, while solar energy is used to heat water for the showers and pool.

An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 6 of 7 - The house is laid out as a linear series of structures.

The house is laid out as a linear series of structures.

An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind - Photo 7 of 7 - The modern house responds to the local landscape in an exciting new way.

The modern house responds to the local landscape in an exciting new way.

Cover photo by Rafael Gamo.

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