Tepoztlán, Mexico – Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura
Project Year : 2017
Developed Area : 230.0 m2
Photographs : Sandra Pereznieto
The Albino Ortega House combines wood and stone in a garden setting. The architects of this four-bedroom home used locally-sourced materials to integrate the structure into its surroundings. External walls are made of Texcal stone.
It is very easy to notice that, in the design, there exists a special indoor-outdoor relationship. There is a generosity of space that contrasts with the almost airtight façade. This openness encourages the assimilation of the outside garden into the home’s interiors.
Inside, the home is the very essence of simplicity reflecting the traditional Mexican way of life. Albino Ortega House is a home that is comfortable, refreshing, and relaxing in every way.
Notes from the Architect:
This house located in Tepoztlán has an artisanal base, made of Texcal stone, occupied by part of the house’s program. It changes from an outside hermetic façade to a great open space that integrates the garden’s exuberant vegetation. Stone and wood predominate. Surfaces covered in texcal stone and vegetation build habitable half-lit enclosures. Water is present both inside and outside the house, refreshing all spaces, filling them with air and sound. Like a cloister, the tour of the house intertwines interior and exterior all the way to the terrace and the great open garden. The main room stands out as a wooden floating house on the second floor; and on the first floor there is an ambulatory pond. The house combines different intimate spaces with enjoyment of nature and the exterior pool as well as a small secret garden home to a plum tree peeking behind a stonewall at the bottom of the main garden are perfect examples of this.
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House of Stone is another Mexican house that used local materials.