Natural instinct: a Mexico City home is designed to bring the outside in
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Mixing the inside and outside takes a whole new meaning in this project in Mexico City by local architect Verónica González Zavala and her firm, VGZ Arquitectura. The luxurious family home, entitled House P29, not only opens up to a large garden and terrace that make the most of the region’s pleasant, warm climate, but also makes sure each that every main space has a direct visual connection to the outdoors and interiors are framed by greenery at every possible opportunity.
The generous plan spans four levels. A large lower ground open plan space plays host to the owner’s car collection, exuding an almost gallery-like feel, with its tall ceilings, polished floor and rough concrete walls. A separate parking space at the property’s front sits on a slightly higher level – the site is lightly sloped – and provides further accommodation for cars for the family and guests. Several bedrooms, service and facilities areas, including a dedicated security booth by the garage, sit on the same level, inside.
Upstairs are the home’s main living areas, which spread across the whole level, unfolding in a striking sequence of five interconnected rooms. These include a more formal sitting room, a dining area, a kitchen and a separate study and library. From here, there is immediate access to the garden, which is planted with rich, mature trees, lawn and some lower foliage.
A floating staircase forms the house’s main circulation core, situated right off the main entrance and leading up to the top level, where the master suite can be found – featuring its en suite bathroom, walk-in closet and an informal sitting room – as well as two children’s bedrooms and guest accomodation. All rooms have access to a decked terrace that runs the length of the building.
House P29’s material combination of board formed concrete, stone and dark timber ensures an elegant colour palette throughout, while the careful wood detailing hints to the house’s top construction quality. Add to this natural ventilation and sunlight, and you have a family home that is fully in tune with its location, while acting as the perfect modern urban haven for its residents.