grupo arquitectura’s house in the forest is connected with glass walkways
all images by agustín garza
this dwelling designed by grupo arquitectura consists of two geometric volumes connected with an elevated glass walkway. appropriately named ‘la casa en el bosque’, or ‘the house in the forest’, the property allows its inhabitants to feel as if they are at one with nature as they move from one area of the home to another. located in a suburb of mexico city, the program is divided between two concrete buildings, one housing primary living accommodation and the other containing relevant services.
a range of materials have been employed in the project’s construction, with wooden beams and large spans of glazing complementing the concrete and steel frame. in order to integrate the interior with the surrounding landscape, the design team placed an emphasis on open-plan spaces with generously proportioned openings. floor-to-ceiling glazing presents sweeping forest views, while ensuring a high quality of natural light. an impressive double-height living room is organized around a steel fireplace and adjoins an open air terrace. at mezzanine level, a dining area overlooks the lounge below, alongside a spacious kitchen.
the house consists of two geometric concrete volumes
in order to protect against direct sunlight, certain façades have been clad with aluminum sunshades. however, owing to its orientation and high thermal mass, the house remains at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. in terms of sustainability, all windows are low-E, while wastewater is recycled and used for irrigation. all electrical systems are automated, including the home’s lighting, audio, video, security, heating, and blinds.
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the property allows its inhabitants to feel as if they are at one with nature
the scheme is connected with an elevated glass walkway
the internal program is divided between the two buildings
a shaded external terrace
floor-to-ceiling glazing presents sweeping forest views
an impressive double-height living room is organized around a steel fireplace
at a mezzanine level, a dining area overlooks the lounge below
the spacious kitchen with steel island units
all items of furniture have been imported
an ancient tree grows through the center of the property
a smaller lounge is found in a more secluded area of the home
‘la casa en el bosque’ illuminated at night
name: la casa en el bosque
location: mexico city, mexico
area: 1,000 sqm
program: single-family house
architects: grupo arquitectura
erick ríos, rosa lópez, susana lópez, raúl chávez, tomás álvarez, sergio valdés, paco puente, felipe galicia
lighting: claudia espinosa
engineering: enrique ávalos
automation: guillermo landa
furniture: hajj chebaro, arturo ángeles and mariana garcía
photography: agustín garza