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The Stone House, a modernist beauty

Taller ADG has designed a superb modernist house in Mexico with a play of volumes inspired by the elements of the iconic architect Luis Barragán.

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The Stone House (Casa de Piedra), nestled on a hill, offers a panoramic view of Monter-rey in Mexico.

The volumes of the spaces, the geometry and overlapping of the walls, and the reflections and sounds of the water make up this modernist house, developed on a single floor and covered with a walnut roof.

It is the work of the Taller ADG studio, based in Mexico City, which collaborated with the interior designer Micaela de Bernardí. Together, they were inspired by Luis Barragán’s work between the synthesis of space, light, and materials, with wooden ceilings that pay homage to vernacular traditions.

In the center is a large courtyard with a fountain, magnolias, and a sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which creates a subtle environment for contemplation. The fluctuating climate of the region is also reflected in the choice of materials: the light, cool travertine contrasts with the warmth of the wood.

Play of lines

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The design team maintained a bright, uniform color palette in a tone similar to the marble and the architecture.

To keep the natural light coming in from above, skylights were installed. Inside, circulation remains fluid thanks to concealed sliding doors and furniture placed along the axes. The entrance is through a naturally lit hall that leads to a living room, a dining room, a bar, and a terrace with a grill for outdoor evenings.

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The house also boasts an intimate meeting room that opens onto a patio and then onto a garden with views of the Mexican city. Not far away is the kitchen and the entire private area. The latter includes a family room, connected to the master bedroom with a courtyard, two other bedrooms, a gym, and an office.

At the heart of it all is art, with works by Rufino Tamayo, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, and Giuseppe Penone. As for the mobilier, it is a mixture of antique furniture, 20th-century designers (Hans J. Wegner, Warren Platner) and contemporary (Vincenzo de Cotis, Lindsey Adelman).

The Stone House thus celebrates emotional architecture in light, merging with the minimalist aspect of the modern movement.

Monterrey – Mexico

Nathalie Dassa