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House in the Woods / Parque Humano

  • 01:00 - 7 June, 2010
House in the Woods / Parque Humano
House in the Woods / Parque Humano, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
  • Project Team

    Jorge Covarrubias + Benjamín González Henze with Omar Martínez and Isaias Lopez
  • Area

    650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structure

    Ing. Ricardo Camacho
  • Landscape Design

    Jerónimo Hagerman
  • Lighting Design

    Parque Humano
  • Interior Design

    Parque Humano
  • Electrical

    Islas Ingeniería
  • General Contractor

    Constructora TUCA SA
  • Program

    Living, dining, Kitchen and multiporpuse rm (studio, tv, game rm), 2 bedrooms.
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© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

From the architect. The house is located in Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico, weather ranges from 33°C to -2°C. The plot faces Avándaro Lake and the protected forest area of Cerro Gordo, rich in pine and oak trees.


For the concept of this project, we asked ourselves whether or not we were capable of building a house that would respect nature to the fullest and forge a connection with the building’s surroundings (without speaking of energy, sustainability, and ecology) that through its impact and experience would generate that same respect for the natural world. To do so, we have taken advantage of the slope of the land in order to create visual connections at different elevations with the existing vegetation and landscape beyond.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

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The site is a splendid plot covering 3,500 m2 with rich and varied flora, very tall trees, and a view towards the layered hills of Valle de Bravo – a town 150 km south-west of Mexico City. The climate is cool in winter while summer temperatures can reach 35°C and heavy rain falls daily between June and October.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

The house occupies a natural ledge in the hillside, facing the view to the south and turning its back to the winds coming in from the north. The ground drops away beneath the floor, emphasizing the slope of the land and thereby dramatizing the house’s progress through the site. The house evokes the feeling of floating above the garden, accentuating a sense of contact with nature.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

The continuity between landscape and building is stressed by a glazed structural window system, transcending conventional distinctions between inside and outside. As a result, all the spaces are in direct and intimate contact with the outdoors. The play of light and shadow upon these windows echoes the abstracted shadows of trees cast across the courtyards of the convent in Desierto de los Leones, located near Mexico City.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

The cladding of the house evolved progressively in order to fit into the context of the town. An artisanal clay veneer was specially developed for the project, similar in texture to the traditional houses that you notice in the area. Its reaction to the weather causes the material to change constantly in response to varying levels of humidity.

Wall Section 1
Wall Section 1

Two pavilions, unequal in size, are set in front of the pool area. The first and biggest one contains the living and dining spaces, kitchen and a working studio. The second one: two bedrooms. Each pavilion was carefully placed on the site, incorporating all the existing trees into the program and facing the most important views. The house is deeply rooted in the existing landscape.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

Upon arrival, the visitor encounters several experiences: the escarpment, the flora, the house, the reflecting pool. Visitors are received under the protection of a steel enclosure, entering through a small door that leads to the living room, thereby emphasizing the contrast between the closed nature of the entrance and the full openness of the living spaces and the valley itself.

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

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Addi · May 14, 2012

@fredchelios House in the Woods

Aman Playboy · March 05, 2012

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Hassan Al-muhannadi · August 27, 2010 @plethoraapp · August 22, 2010

Check this tree house! @plethoraapp

Brent · June 12, 2010

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Eyemagin · June 11, 2010

House Inspiration -

Personal Housing · June 11, 2010

peccato questa graziosa casetta non sia a milano...

o0 · June 10, 2010

Architecture: House in the Woods [Pictures] - (via @archdaily) #design #architecture

quan pham · June 08, 2010

well, another good design

Theo Ndawillie II · June 08, 2010

RT @natash_22: absolutely love this.. House in the Woods / Parque Humano | ArchDaily <--agreed! I saw it too, Natash.

Derrek Buston · June 08, 2010

WTB these kind of environments for design - House in the Woods / Parque Humano

Robert Bettmann · June 08, 2010

I want to live here:

Natalia Chekhovska · June 08, 2010

absolutely love this.. House in the Woods / Parque Humano | ArchDaily

edward · June 08, 2010

very nice tranquil,,

Ted Polczynski · June 07, 2010

RT @HomeDecorNews: House in the Woods / Parque Humano #architecture

Clément Faydi · June 07, 2010

Awesome house in Mexico RT: @elodieegonneau: Superbe maison !

Renny · June 07, 2010

@ SR...They use an umbrella. Traditional spanish colonial circulation was mostly exterior. William Randolph Hearst loved this aspect of that style of architecture and requested that all vertical circulation be done on the outside of the buildings at his palace in California. I love that the architects of this project employed something similar. It forces people to get out and "experience" the environment they paid for.

SR · June 07, 2010

it's amazing but what hapens in 5 years wen the trees will grow? and what do you do if it's raining and you want to move from one building to the other bulding?

(sorry for my english)

Nick Downes · June 07, 2010

House in the Woods / Parque Humano <--- Loving this


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