in a residential neighborhood of mexico city, architecture firm PPAA has completed a three-story house titled ‘casa sierra fría’. led by pablo pérez palacios, formally of DCPP, the design team approached the project by referencing the community’s existing architecture. ‘as the majority of the sites in this neighborhood have regular constructions on three of their four sides, the architectural concept began to explore the idea of the site as a contained void with a structural open grid on top of it,’ explains PPAA.

PPAA casa sierra fria
all images by rafael gamo

 

 

this structural grid is intersected in the middle by the staircase and the service units, a gesture that frees the surrounding spaces towards the exterior. on top of the light wall-based structure is a solid block that contains the house’s private rooms with more restricted openings. PPAA positioned the primary living accommodation at ground level, with the lounge and dining areas opening out onto a secluded garden at the rear of the property.

PPAA casa sierra fria

 

 

the home’s three bedrooms are found on the level above, alongside another lounge. the uppermost story comprises a rooftop pavilion enclosed beneath a simple concrete canopy. the roof serves as a private retreat complete with a hammock and an outdoor terrace. meanwhile, glazing allows daylight to permeate the residence providing both natural light and ventilation.

PPAA casa sierra fria

PPAA casa sierra fria

PPAA casa sierra fria

PPAA casa sierra fria

PPAA casa sierra fria

casa sierra fría by PPAA features a rooftop retreat that overlooks mexico city

casa sierra fría by PPAA features a rooftop retreat that overlooks mexico city

casa sierra fría by PPAA features a rooftop retreat that overlooks mexico city

 

 

project info:

 

name: casa sierra fría
location: lomas de chapultepec, mexico city, mexico
year: 2018
construction: 350 sqm / 3,767 sqf
architect: PPAA + alfonso de la concha rojas
team: pablo pérez palacios + alfonso de la concha rojas, miguel vargas, ignacio rodríguez, alejandra pavón, josé hadad, carla celis, johnathan calderón
photography: rafael gamo