Natural instinct: a Mexico City home is designed to bring the outside in

House P29 is the latest residential
House P29 is the latest residential offering by Mexican architect Verónica González Zavala.
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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. 

Map of basement and ground floor

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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. 

Stone steps through street to the house’s main entrance

A set of striking stone steps lead up from the street to the house's main entrance and security point.

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Library and study room

The house's living spaces occupy a whole floor and include a library and study room. 

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An open plan living and dining area

An open plan living and dining area are seamlessly connected with the outdoors through large floor-to-ceiling openings.

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Lush garden below via a terrace

The living spaces are connected to the property's large, lush garden below via a terrace.

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View of outdoor of the house

Maintaining a strong visual connection to the outdoors from most areas in the house was important for the architect.

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Elegant staircase in side the house

The main circulation core sits nearby the entrance in the form of an elegant staircase that leads up to the house's more private area. 

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Five bedrooms for its owners

House P29 features five bedrooms for its owners - a master suite, two children's rooms and a guest bedroom.

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View of Suite bathroom

All main bedrooms are matched by a dedicated en suite bathroom. 

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View of owner’s car collection

A generous lower ground level hosts the owner’s car collection in a gallery-like environment.

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Natural ventilation and sunlight for the interio

The project's large openings ensure both natural ventilation and sunlight for the interior.

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For more information, visit the VGZ Arquitectura website

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).