the villa (of dreams) that exists but cannot be seen

The good retirement of dreams for a young couple with children it is one villa hidden in the hills of the Valle de Bravo in Mexico, just a two hour drive from the congested capital. Designed by Francisco Pardo Architect, Casa Aguacates – Home Avocado, in Italian – is built in a valley protected by the mountains and covered (literally) by a land where the creamy tropical fruits are grown. «The goal – says the architect – was to ensure that the house had a broad view of the surrounding forest but, at the same time, the clients wished that the avocado field was not damaged in any way “.

The result is a “sunken” architecture on the side of the slope, whose invisible roof is covered by meadows and orchards. «This solution also offers optimal internal thermal conditions – continues Pardo – in an area where the temperature range between day and night is high. The earth that protects the roof ensures that the interiors always enjoy a fairly mild temperature ». The house is accessed via a staircase that descends from the plantation to the courtyard, an important well of light and ventilation as well as a private patio for relaxation; on the opposite side instead a continuous glass window opens onto a dehor with whirlpool and on a panoramic garden.

01 Avocado House_Francisco Pardo Architect © Sandra Pereznieto

The structure is made of cement armored left exposed to create textured walls and a ceiling where the formwork imprints are still legible. Dominating the living area is the great camino nero, around which the kitchen, dining room and living room revolve. On the sides of the property there are the rooms: a master bedroom, one for children, two for guests and a study. The interior has a sapore raw, the refined essentiality and the reduction of the furnishings and materials used are not defining the minimal style of the house but also ensures very low maintenance, a far-sighted intuition considering that it is a weekend home.

The project represents a sophisticated expression of ability of architecture to control and coexist in harmony with the natural context, in constant tension between domestic space and open places, using a hyper-contemporary expressive language that redefines the concept of a rural house.


Source: Living by

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