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    Architects: BGP arquitectura / Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta con Hugo Sánchez
    Location: Valle de Bravo, México
    Collaborators: JN Morones Esquivel, Ximena Díaz
    Project year: 2005-2006
    Construction year: 2007
    Site Area: 500 sqm
    Construction Area: 300 sqm
    Structure: Jaime Fragoso
    Mechanical Engineer: Arturo Guerra
    Digital Model: Hugo Sánchez
    Model: at. 103
    Photographs: Rafael Gamo

    With a magnificent view as the main feature of this retreat located on the hill of a small village some 150km from mexico city, the house aims to experience the landscape under a canopy with as few interior elements as possible.

    A fireplace, a kitchen bar and a marble platform 20m long laid as a free floor plan for public areas and garage on top of a solid block which houses the rest of the program, namely services, three bedrooms and a family room.
    This covered roof garden becomes the most important part of the house. The most crowded area in which the family will spend most of the time is also the most ambiguous place of the house, one-half-house is then one-half terrace, protected from the exterior conditions when needed by means of four meter tall sliding glass panels towards the landscape and a wall as high as the garage doors towards the street always detached from the concrete canopy to turn it into a fence more than a wall.
    The exposed concrete canopy emphasizes views and deals with an anachronistic local code on context which calls for typical-construction looking elements and materials such as pitched roofs with Spanish tile simply by flipping it. In this way, views and orientation of the house towards south makes sense blocking sun on summer not on winter.


    The solid block is all exposed concrete on the inside and marble on the outside just like the roof in order to reinforce the idea of a solid 3 meter high platform with slots carefully located to glance through the surroundings from the bed, desk or the shower.
    The rest of the site remains with its natural slope and local therefore highly adaptive vegetation that frame the view and wraps a family vegetable garden.
    Interior materials go out of the house and exterior materials come into the house. One-half-house promotes blurring limits between indoor and outdoor, the Mediterranean house revisited versus the glass hermetic air conditioned house, live the view rather than see it.

    again, sorry for the mangled english. i swear, they used google to translate from spanish to english...
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    I need a holiday *sigh*

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    Modern, cold and uninviting.

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    It has many elements of a multi-story parking garage. And I have no desire to live in one of those

    Great view, though.
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    The view is the ONLY thing going for it. It's blocky, uninviting, and downright ugly. No thanks. (Not that I'm being offered! lol)

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    All I noticed was the location and view.

    When can I move in?
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    as much as i LOVE greys & concrete, i find the house itself a little depressing. the views are fabulous, though!!
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    i think because it's so sunny and because it's in that setting, it gets away with so much grey and black without being depressing.

    it is a little masculine and rigid for my tastes though. but overall, while not the dream beach house i would build for myself, i would love to visit.
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    I love grey and black but really don't like this place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylkyn View Post
    The view is the ONLY thing going for it. It's blocky, uninviting, and downright ugly. No thanks.

    Ditto.
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    I think I would commit suicide if I lived there, it looks so far removed from life.

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    the view is a winner. but its very cold. and in Mexico. fail.
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    I would visit only.
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    Gosh, it has so much potential. It IS a bit cold, yet gorgeous at the same time.

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    ^ i agree with you. love this house, it's beautifully constructed. and the 180° view alone, is worth it.

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