Torres House / GLR Arquitectos

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Architects: GLR Arquitectos
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Project Team: Bernardo Chapa, Joaquín Jenis, Tomas Güereña, Diana Guerra, Eduardo Fuentes
Project Area: 5,942 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jorge Taboada

Set high in the Sierra Madre mountain range, the Torres House seeks to establish an intimate contact with the natural environment in which it is located. Discreetly open towards the street, the house is accessed by crossing over a fountain from which a huge oak tree emerges, impressive both for its size and its beauty. Once on the porch, a grand mural-like door -constructed of marble, and steel- welcomes the visitor.

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Inside, the entry hall merges into an area of contrasting materials consisting of Santo Tomas marble and volcanic stone walls. From this area there is a visual continuity with the rest of the house and with the garden that was left in its natural state as a small oak forest.

level 01 plan

In the living room, conceived almost as a glass box, one can experience the view to the Sierra Madre peaks in the distance and the garden near by. Owing to its location within the mountain, where winters can get really cold, there is a fireplace for the family to gather around in the evenings.

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From the dining room and the media room, one can access the roof terrace and enjoy the splendid views of the Sierra Madre as well as of the city of Monterrey. Here the musical background of the sounds of nature is in sharp contrast to the roar of the city below.

Cite: "Torres House / GLR Arquitectos" 25 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=57564>

25 comments

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      Yeah… its true, nothing specially interesting here. And I hate the reflective stone in the flor, next to the pond… (among many other things..)

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        By the way, floor type “floor” … it seems that you insist on being “mala leche” … I think that if you understood, right

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    Does anyone have any information on the concrete block material or materials like it? I’m assuming it’s a veneer?

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    Hey nice one, wud have been great wit habitat around . . . … . looks dud without

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    Where exactly is this house located? In a well protected, gated community? I am wondering because of the two BMW’s parked with no sort of protection.

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