An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind

An Eco-Friendly Getaway Built With the Future in Mind

By Heather Corcoran
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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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

Cover photo by Rafael Gamo.


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