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Maza House, Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico., Mexico

Friday 30 Nov 2012

House by the lake

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Weekend house in Valle de Bravo lake 

The project is located on a steep slope which is irregular in its geometry. Bordered by a brook of clear water and by the lake itself, at one very narrow end there is a bridge that provides the only access to the site; the remaining sides are limited by the vegetation of neighbouring constructions and by a thick forest. Though with beautiful views to the lake and to the brook, the site does not offer these sights at first glance; they can only be seen from different levels of the terrain and through the surrounding forest. It is therefore necessary to locate the different functions of the programme in the more or less privileged zones according to their importance.

The programme is designed to provide the best views for the public spaces in a horizontal arrangement, and for the private quarters in a vertical disposition. The cuts and stalls on the terrain are resolved using walls of stone from the area. Other lighter elements are built from poured concrete or brick to divide spaces, and glass panelling is placed where the views so require. The flooring is a lightened concrete system over steel and wooden beams.

The relation of the different spaces to the expansive terrain, as well as the views they provide, give the project a complex interplay of lightness and levity.

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Status February 2012
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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