productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
mexican firm productora has recently completed ‘casa diaz’, a single family residence overlooking a lake in valle de bravo, mexico, a few hours from mexico city. positioned along a sloping site, three rectangular volumes are placed and shifted in relation to each other in a zigzagged pattern to maximize views towards the water. the exposed rooftop surfaces form terraces, gardens and sheltered patios accessible from the interior spaces. due to urban planning requirements, the residence initially appears to be a traditional style dwelling, presenting natural stone walls, wooden beams, clay roof tiles, plaster facades and small openings characteristic of the region to the street. from the lake, ribbon windows framed within clean white boxes are stacked upon each other.

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
image © rafael gamo (main image © paul czitrom)
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upon passing the stacked stone privacy wall, an entry court is revealed within a void below the elevated second storey. inhabitants may enter or descend a landscape stairway leading from the top of the site towards the dock at water level. from inside, access to the outdoors may be attained from each level, with sliding glass walls opening to introduce breezes or lounge outside.

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
view of rear facade from lake
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
street view
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productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
main entry
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productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
entry court
image © rafael gamo

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
second level and upper deck
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
stairs to lake
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productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
roof garden and terrace
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
second story bedrooms
image © rafael gamo

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
rear facade
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productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
sheltered patio
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
sub-grade kitchen
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
stairs
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
view from lake
image © rafael gamo

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
illuminated at night
image © paul czitrom

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
at night
image © rafael gamo

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
at night
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productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
floor plan / level 0
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
floor plan / level 1
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
floor plan / level -1
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productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
roof plan
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
section
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
section
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
elevation
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
elevation
image © productora

productora: casa diaz in valle de bravo, mexico
elevation
image © productora

 

 

project info:

architectural design: productora (carlos bedoya, victor jaime, wonne ickx, abel perles)
collaborators: felix guillen, diego escamilla, oscar trejo, iván villegas
type: residence
location: valle de bravo, state of mexico, mexico
built area: 450 m2
date: 2011
client: díaz family
construction: diseño e ingenierías emet (leonardo león)
photos: rafael gamo and paul czitrom