April 18, 2024


Body and Interior

A Retreat in the Mountains of Central Mexico Sources 100% of Its Water From the Sky

Challenge Particulars:

Location: Temascaltepec, Mexico

Architect: Robert Hutchison Architecture & JSa

Basic Contractor: Mic Mac Estructuras

Structural Engineer: Bykonen Carter Quinn

Mechanical Engineer: Taller AF

Landscape Architect: Helene Carlo

Wood Construction & Fabrication: MicMac Estructuras

Metal Building & Fabrication: Rhometal

H2o Systems Consultant: Miguel Nieto

Photo voltaic Methods Marketing consultant: Teoatonalli

Kitchen Consultant: Piacere

Pictures: Benedikt Fahlbusch, César Béjar, Jaime Navarro & Robert Hutchison

From the Architect: This selection of tiny structures in the mountains two hrs west of Mexico Metropolis incorporates permaculture rules to establish a holistic, built-in romantic relationship involving people today and place. The retreat is made up of a main residence, a detached artwork studio, and a bathhouse. Rain Harvest Home’s trio of properties each and every collect rainwater to combine with an higher than- and under-floor reservoir system that purifies and stores rainwater to supply 100% of the home’s drinking water yr-round.

“The most important residence requires the sort of a pavilion that makes it possible for for outdoor use calendar year-round, with in excess of two-thirds of the building footprint focused to protected exterior room. The close by, stand-by yourself bathhouse inverts this connection by orienting to sky previously mentioned and h2o under, and supports four bathing pursuits: very hot bathtub, sauna, steam shower, and washroom. The rooms encircle a chilly plunge pool at the centre and open to the sky. All three of the buildings share a tectonic vocabulary of  volcanic-rock clad foundations and vegetated roofs.”