A simple house – Mexico

Immersed in the wild landscape of southeastern Mexico, Montre House serves as a holiday home for a young couple. Taller de Arquitectura Contextual (TACO) was asked to create a functional and welcome house that would foster reflection and contemplation while connecting its inhabitants with the surrounding wild landscape. An intuitive, functional and simple experience of living, but with great spatial warmth.
The location of the building is defined at the back of the property offering privacy, insolation and dominant winds to achieve a comfortable indoor temperature.
The construction is on a platform elevated off the ground level, making it difficult for animals to access, and facilitating the construction process of the pool, since the terrain is rocky and excavation was not feasible.
The pool is located within the shadow of a pre-existing tree, which is accessed through an open terrace extension of the interior social area. The double height main zone contains a kitchenette, a living room, and a staircase to reach the mezzanine that functions as a bedroom. Under the mezzanine, there is a storage closet, a bathroom with an outdoor shower and the exterior staircase leading to the house entrance.
The exterior and interior finish is a rough stucco with artisanal paint based on lime and mineral pigments. The carpentry, folding doors made of regional cedar wood controls the level of contact between the interior and the exterior.
The interior design is made up of a collection of design pieces in crude tones that incorporate handcrafted processes in their production. The landscape remains mostly in its natural state, rocky and wild.

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