the ‘aculco’ project, designed by mexico-based firm PPAA, is a holiday home surrounded by nature, completely disconnected from the city. led by pablo pérez palacios, formally of DCPP, the team situated the house amid the expansive, sweeping landscape of aculco to offer the occupants the opportunity for respite from contemporary life with a return to a more elemental state. the natural surroundings are temperate and pastoral, with impressive cliffs nearby. the project was commissioned by two brothers who had discovered the site during a rock-climbing trip, and subsequently acquired and reforested it.

PPAA aculco
all images by rafael gamo



as the design of the minimal project was influenced by the qualities of its surrounding environment, the team at PPAA sought to establish a reciprocal dialogue between the construction and the landscape. this lead to the building’s simplicity, low maintenance, and intimacy with the panorama and the land. the house is constructed of block masonry walls of quarry stone from the area, clay floors, wood and glass while every material is left in its raw state without finish. the apertures are treated solely as frames to host the bucolic views into the distance. 

PPAA aculco

PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco PPAA aculco




project info:


project title: aculco house

architect: PPAA

location: aculco, mexico

program: residential

site area: 90 square meters

design team: pablo pérez palacios, alfonso de la concha rojas, miguel vargas terán, jose luis jimenez rojas

structure: BVG ingenierías