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Mexican architecture: three residences that do not leave one indifferent

Acumen takes you to Mexico to discover three private houses with unexpected architecture. Overlooking a beach, blending into the irregularity of nature or contrasting with its solid concrete appearance, these residences are as different as they are impressive.

The Extraviada House – em-estudio

On a green hillside facing the Pacific Ocean, the Extraviada House is the idyllic retreat in the Oaxaca region. It was designed by em-estudio, facing the sea and integrating with the typography of nature without lacking in modernity. The concrete structures the building, blending with the stone and wood in a color close to the earth. The almost absent walls give way to large openings, allowing air to circulate, a lightness of volume, and a majestic view.

Aguacates House – Francisco Pardo Arquitecto 

In order not to disrupt the avocado field, architect Francisco Pardo designed this house integrated into the land. Buried, the residence is dressed in the vegetation of its surroundings with a roof on which avocado trees grow. As for the interior, it affirms the prowess of the architecture. A skillful blend of concrete and wood from the region is revealed by several light wells that punctuate the spaces. Zenithal openings that allow the house to be illuminated throughout the day.

The Zicatela House – Ludwig Godefroy Architecture

The Zicatela House is a perfect combination of modern and traditional. Inspired by Aztec temples, architect Ludwig Godefroy designed this house near Puerto Escondido. An architecture that plays on duality. That of temporality by proposing monolithic volumes inspired by modern bunkers and Mexican places of worship. And that of the materials, which play between the warm colors of wood and the cold colors of concrete. In a minimalist interior, the house invites you to a surprising stay.

Louise Conesa