Valle de Bravo, Mexico – Alejandro Sánchez García Arquitectos
Built Area: 860 m2 including decks
Lot size: Acreage
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Jaime Navarro Soto
The design uses a steel portal frame on a steel foundation. This technique allows all walls to be freed of the task of carrying the roof. The benefit is that opening window walls can be installed anywhere to capture views and aspect. At 860 m2, all on the one level, this is an expensive home. High ceilings and lots of warm timber ensure that it remains visually and physically comfortable.
The glass and wood encased residence sits firmly on an elevated part of the forest with its metal skeleton. Verandas and decks integrate the interior with the garden.
From the architect:
“Located in the woods in the area of Valle de Bravo, San Sen house is designed with a steel structure floating on the ground. It is covered in wood and glass. The construction system allows us to open and close the envelope depending on views and orientations. Designed entirely on one level from a circulation that articulates all the spaces in areas that function independently. The house is anchored to the ground by a service tower clad in stone.”
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