EMA Designs A Home Around A Tree In Mexico

In Sierra de Mazamitla, a small town south of Guadalajara in Mexico, it is said that the air smells like permanently like pine because of the densely forested surrounds. Here, local firm EMA has designed a building that fits with local vernacular archi…

Aztec Influence Abounds In Casa Zicatela

In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, beside Puerto Escondido’s famed pipeline, you’ll find the architect Ludwig Godefroy’s board-marked concrete masterpiece: ‘Casa Zicatela’.
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Casa La Quinta: A Home In Mexico Designed Around Voids

In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojos have designed ‘Casa La Quinta’, a home where swimming is a main attraction.
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A Modernist Mexican Tree House By AS Arquitectura

‘Casa Del Árbol’, or ‘Tree House’ in English, is the award-winning residential home designed by the Mérida-based architecture team, AS Arquitectura.
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Casa Xólotl, A Home On The Yucatan Peninsula

Previously a run-down property, ‘Casa Xólotl’ is the result of an ingenious renovation by Mérida-based firm Punto Arquitectónico’s, that links earth with water.
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Estudio Macías Peredo stylises Mayan architecture for Punta Caliza boutique hotel

Guadalajara-based architecture firm Estudio Macías Peredo has created an intimate sanctuary on the remote island of Holbox, Mexico, based on the region’s ancient buildings. Devoid of cars and accessible solely by ferry, Isla Holbox is a fishing village off the Yucatán Peninsula and an emerging beach destination within the Yum Balam nature reserve. Its main

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Delfino Lozano transforms traditional Guadalajara house into light-filled family home

Architect Delfino Lozano has modernised a house in the Mexican city of Guadalajara by rearranging the living spaces so they look onto a pair of brick-paved courtyards. Lozano worked closely with the property’s owners to reorganise the house, located in a central suburb of Guadalajara near the neo-gothic Templo Expiatorio cathedral, to create light spaces for

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Three patios and a swimming pool slot into Casa La Quinta in Mexico

Residents of this getaway in Mexico, designed by architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, can spend weekends lazing in a hammock suspended above a secluded swimming pool. Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas designed Casa La Quinta for a retired couple. It is located in San Miguel

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Swimming pool flows between courtyard walls of Mexico’s Casa Xólotl

Masonry walls partition a patio and create various swimming areas at this renovated Mexican residence by Punto Arquitectónico. Casa Xólotl is a single-storey home in Mérida, which was overhauled by local firm Punto Arquitectónico after finding the home in disrepair. The studio renovated the house by dramatically transforming it into two separate volumes with a courtyard,

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Three houses form greyscale Casas SP complex in Mexico by S-AR and Marisol González

A trio of black-and-white residences line up in a row on a site in northern Mexico, created as a collaboration between architects S-AR and Marisol González. Casas SP comprises three separate houses, each three storeys tall, constructed very close to one another to form a complex of urban dwellings in the town of San Pedro Garza

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Nestled Behind Puerto Escondido, The Concrete Casa Tiny

Beside Mexico’s famous pipeline, just beyond the surf town of Puerto Escondido is ‘Casa Tiny’. Designed by Aranza de Ariño, this idyllic concrete dwelling sits nestled amongst dense vegetation just a short stroll from the beach.
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Sunday Sanctuary: Zicatela House

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Eight of the best recently completed Mexican houses

So far, 2018 has been a bumper year for private houses completed in Mexico. Here’s eight of our favourites, including a residence formed from a collection of black concrete cuboids and a colourful property designed as an homage to Luis Barragán. Casa Bruma, southwest of Mexico City, by Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez Black concrete

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Ludwig Godefroy designed Zicatela house as an “open-air fortress”

Monolithic concrete steps evocative of ancient Aztec temples surround open-air living spaces and gardens at the heart of this holiday home in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. French architect Ludwig Godefroy created the property as a weekend home for a client who wanted to escape from the Mexico City to the tranquility of Zicatela Beach.

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TACO Designs An Architecture Studio In A Mexican Palm Forest

In Merida, at the heart of an area verdant with towering palms, TACO (Taller de Arquitectura Contextual) has designed ‘Portico Palmeto’, a multi-faceted studio fit with flushed pink walls and concertina doors made from bamboo.
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Colourful Barragán-esque house by Moneo Brock wraps four trees in Mexico

Pink, purple and yellow walls divide up the Casa TEC 205 residence in Monterrey, which architecture studio Moneo Brock designed as an “homage” to the work of the country’s legendary architect Luis Barragán. The bold hues are intended to be reminiscent of designs by Mexican architects Barragán – whose built work largely consists of brightly coloured

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Board-marked concrete walls frame pool views from AT House

Ten glazed sections divided by board-marked concrete walls are lined up to form this long Mexican house, designed by architect Laurent Herbiet. Herbiet, who runs the Mexico City-based studio Hrbt, completed AT House at the top of a hill in Oaxtepec – a town in the north of Mexican state Morelos – for a couple

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TACO creates its own pink-toned architecture studio on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Mexican architecture firm TACO has designed the Portico Palmeto studio to act as its headquarters, with pink walls, local materials, and tall shutters that open up the interior to its tropical setting. The 1,453-square-foot (135-square-metre) rose-coloured building serves primarily as an architecture studio in Mérida – a historic city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The two-storey structure

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Black concrete boxes form Casa Bruma in rural Mexico

Nine dark-coloured blocks circle a forest clearing that acts as a courtyard for this home by Mexican architects Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez. Canales and Rodríguez collaborated on the 6,500-square-foot (604-square-metre) Casa Bruma project, which serves a holiday home for a young family. The house comprises cuboid units of varying heights, each accommodating a different

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Mexican research facility El Humedal designed by TAAR to be completely self-sustaining

An environmental research centre in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, designed by Taller de Arquitectura de Alto Rendimiento, produces all of the resources it needs onsite. Mexico City-based Taller de Arquitectura de Alto Rendimiento (TAAR) built El Humedal, or The Wetlands, from a mixture of natural and recycled materials according to the principles of zero waste and

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Seven of the best boutique hotels in Mexico

Dezeen is celebrating the Mexican and American holiday Cinco de Mayo today by highlighting some of the top hotels in Mexico, just in time for the summer vacation season. They include Pablo Escobar’s converted residence in Tulum and an all-white resort in Baja. Hotel Mar Adentro by Taller Aragonés First on the list is a

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Guggenheim successor opens tropical-influenced IK Lab art gallery in Tulum

The great-grandson of art collector Peggy Guggenheim has opened a gallery at an eco-resort in Tulum, where wave-like cement walls and undulating vine floors provide an unusual backdrop to artwork. Opened last month, IK Lab is located in the luxurious eco-friendly Azulik resort in the popular vacation town located on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

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“No architect today is capable of buildings like Luis Barragán’s”

The sensual and autobiographical qualities of the house Mexican architect Luis Barragán built for himself are rarely found in today’s buildings, says Aaron Betsky. If you are going to make real architecture today it better be damn real. In a world of instant images whose truth you can never ascertain, delicate structures just won’t do.

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AE Arquitectos builds stable in Mexico from grey volcanic rock

Mexican studio AE Arquitectos has built a gabled stable from volcanic rock for a community ranch in Jalisco. The ranch is designed with grey walls and black roofs, to create a neutral palette that contrasts with the lush mountainous landscape. The buildings’ grey walls were constructed from cut and moulded volcanic rock, while the gable ends are clad with

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Pitched-roof structure revitalises public space at Veracruz port

An underused public space in Veracruz, Mexico, has been given new life by Rozana Montiel and Alvin V Wallach, who built a canopy over the plaza to protect it from the elements. The Court project sought to accommodate a range of activities on an existing plaza at the port of Veracruz, which lies east of

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Papagayo House By Ariel Valenzuela And Diego Ledesma

Architects Ariel Valenzuela and Diego Ledesma have refurbished the ‘Papagayo House’, a single-story home located in Monterrey, Mexico. The interior of ‘Papagayo House’ was originally very dark and closed, so the main task for the architects was to introduce more light and ventilation to the space. Situated in one of the warmest cities in Mexico, […]

Rozana Montiel pairs wood and stone for lush garden home outside Mexico City

Mexico City-based architect Rozana Montiel has completed a four-bedroom home in Tepoztlán, using local materials as a way to integrate the home into its natural setting. The Albino Ortega House sits on a 460-square-metre plot full of vegetation in the town, which lies to the south of the capital within a valley of the same

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Espacio 18 squeezes grey townhouse onto tight plot in Mexico

Mexican architecture firm Espacio 18 has made the most of a narrow site in Puebla, by incorporating a bright internal courtyard and a rooftop patio into a dark-rendered residence. Casa Once spans 2,680 square feet (249 square metres) across three floors, with a main living area on its ground floor and three bedrooms upstairs. The house

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Corn factory in Mexico by Atelier Ars includes memorial garden for facility’s founder

A memorial to the founder of a corn-processing facility in Jalisco sits at the heart of this complex designed by Mexican architecture firm Atelier Ars. The Novasem factory complex in the western Mexican state includes several buildings that the architecture studio designed to have very different appearances. The facility controls everything from harvesting to sorting,

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Sordo Madaleno designs elliptical latticed skyscraper for Monterrey

Stepped roof gardens will be built up around the latticed glass skyscraper that Mexican firm Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos has designed as part of a new mixed-use complex in Monterrey. Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos developed the Constitución 999 tower in response to an international contest, which was seeking proposals for a plot along Constitución Avenue in the

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Productora builds Mexican centre for archeology and textiles using tinted concrete

Mexican architecture firm Productura has used pigmented concrete walls, brickwork steps and timber-framed windows to construct this museum and library in Oaxaca. Productura designed the Community Cultural Centre for Teotitlán del Valle – a small village at the foothills of the Sierra Juárez mountains. The project aims to celebrate the heritage of the community, which

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Sasaki creates two landmark buildings for Monterrey Tec campus in Mexico

Design studio Sasaki has completed a minimalist white pavilion and a glazed library for a growing university in Monterrey, with terraces that offer generous views of the city. The Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, often referred to as Monterrey Tec, is situated on an urban site in the capital of Mexico’s northeastern state of Nuevo León.

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Bamboo social housing in rural Mexico can be built by residents in a week

Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura has completed a prototype for social housing in a mountain town, using a prefabricated bamboo frame that residents can use to replicate the structure in just seven days. Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, which translates to Communal Architecture Workshop, completed the residence in Cuetzalan del Progreso – a town

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Wooden staircase twists through centre of concrete and brick house in Mexico City

An ash staircase lined with a bookcase twists around an atrium in this family home in Mexico City by Tapia McMahon, which has been made from concrete and reclaimed brick. Called Cuernavaca House, the project was recently longlisted for the 2018 RIBA International Prize, which recognises new buildings around the world that exemplify the “meaningful impact” of good

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Arquidromo stacks white cubes to form Mexican house on angled plot

A cluster of white volumes rise above the dark concrete entrance of this house in Monterrey, which was designed by local studio Arquidromo. Cloud House is located on a rectangular plot that was formerly a public right of way in the Mexican city, and is oriented at at 45-degree angle to the street in front.

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Costs soar to $33 billion for Trump’s US-Mexico border wall

The controversy surrounding US president Donald Trump’s wall between the US and Mexico continues, as updated plans bring the predicted cost to $33 billion, while a petition has been launched to designate the eight construction prototypes as a national monument. Updates to the US-Mexico border wall proposal include a 316-mile-long extension to the existing 654-mile barrier, as

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Aluminium strips curve through Mexico City building by Belzberg Architects

California firm Belzberg Architects has wrapped vertical aluminium strips around the outside of an office building in Mexico City, which continue inside to form various nooks and private areas. Measuring 43,852 square feet (4,074 square metres), the glass-covered building spans six storeys and includes a rooftop patio and underground parking. It was created for the

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Kosher cookery school in Mexico City features board-marked concrete walls

Californian studio Belzberg Architects has built a concrete culinary school in Mexico City, offering a range of facilities to the local Jewish community, including rooftop yoga and art galleries. The 650-square-metre Taller Estrella Jafif is located in Bosques de las Lomas neighbourhood, where a large majority of the city’s Jewish community moved to between the 1950s

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Reflective holiday home by Tatiana Bilbao hides among trees in Mexico

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao has used mirrored glass, along with rammed earth and clay bricks, to create a vacation home that blends with its wooded site in Monterrey. Los Terrenos, or The Terrains, is located on a forested hillside in the northern Mexican city. The residence is near another project by Bilbao, the Ventura House,

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Rojkind Arquitectos completes concrete concert hall on the Gulf of Mexico

Monolithic board-marked concrete volumes make up this seaside concert hall, built by Rojkind Arquitectos for the philharmonic orchestra of Mexican city Boca del Rio. Mexico City-based Rojkind Arquitectos’ Foro Boca houses the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra, which was formed in 2014 to boost the city’s music and cultural activities. Built as part of a wider masterplan

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Triangular concert hall by Productora and Isaac Broid takes cues from Aztec ruins

Mexican architect Isaac Broid and firm Productora has created a stone-clad performing arts venue in central Mexico that borders an archaeological site. The Teopanzolco Cultural Center is situated in Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, and adjoins an archaeological site with Aztec ruins. The team incorporated triangular geometries that allude to the pyramid-shaped

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Cards Against Humanity buys land on US-Mexico border to fight Trump’s wall

The creators of adult game Cards Against Humanity have purchased a vacant plot along America’s southern border, in the hopes of preventing the controversial wall the country’s president Donald Trump is planning to build. The team made the purchase, and hired a lawyer that specialises in preventing the state from taking private land for public

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Soil-based render creates pink walls for houses built by Taller Hector Barroso in a Mexican forest

To help this cluster of houses blend into their setting in a Mexican forest, architecture studio Taller Hector Barroso chose to cover the walls in a render made using local soil. The Entre Pinos development comprises a row of five weekend houses,, designed by Mexico City-based Taller Hector Barroso for a site in the vast forest surrounding the

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Steel colonnades create sheltered outdoor spaces at Mexican hacienda

Mexican firm Desnivel Arquitectos has completed a residence that includes a large living area with no walls, and a covered walkway that overlooks a lush garden and a swimming pool. Casa Sitpach is located in the town of the same name on the Yucatan peninsula – a tropical region in Mexico that receives ample rainfall.

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Zaha Hadid Architects begins work on Mexico City’s “highest residential tower”

Construction has begun on Zaha Hadid Architects’ residential high-rise in the Mexican capital, set to become the city’s tallest apartment building. The Bora Residential Tower is being built in Santa Fe, a major business district in the west of Mexico City – home to tech companies Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Roche and Amazon, as well as

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Concrete latticework and two courtyards filter light into Mexican house by Delfino Lozano

Architect Delfino Lozano has completed this house in Zapopan, Mexico, featuring decorative concrete screens, a pair of brick-paved courtyards and cool-blue walls. Designed for a family of four, Casa Azul occupies a 300-square-metre rectangular plot in the city – part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area – with neighbours abutting its longer northern and southern sides.

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Mexico City’s earthquake-hit areas at risk of becoming “a paradise for developers”

The reconstruction of Mexico City following its deadly earthquake needs urgent regulation to prevent developers spoiling the character of historic neighbourhoods, says architect and Design Week Mexico director Emilio Cabrero. Cabrero called for new zoning laws to be enacted before developers rush in to replace the approximately 38 buildings that collapsed in the city, and

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Trump wall prototypes pop up near US-Mexico border

Portions of eight proposed designs for the wall that President Donald Trump wants to construct along the US-Mexico border are to be tested over the coming months. The prototypes, all measuring 30 feet (9.1 metres) tall, have been constructed at a site close to the existing border fence south of San Diego, California. Starting next

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RE+D embeds masonry-clad bathrooms into Mexican ranch hillside

This public bathroom for a ranch in Mexico is built into the sloped terrain and covered by a prominent stepped roof, which is used for hosting events. Originally a family ranch that bred horses, the entire Rancho El Descanso property in San Miguel Cuyutlán, in the western state of Jalisco, has been transformed into a

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Materia’s Design Week Mexico pavilion casts shadow patterns across itself

White concrete columns intersect with wooden beams to form the pavilion for this year’s Design Week Mexico, designed by Mexican architecture studio Materia. Materia, which is led by architects Gustavo Carmona and Lisa Beltran, chose to create a place for contemplation and reflection – as well as peaceful activities like yoga – for the 2017 edition of the annual commission.

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Grey peristyle supports Guadalajara residence by Santoscreativos

Rows of columns surround flexible spaces on the ground floor of this house in Guadalajara by Mexican firm Santoscreatives, and support boxy volumes above. Santoscreativos collaborated with local architecture firm V Taller to design Puerta Lomas House. The residence is constructed from poured concrete that is painted a dusty brown, and has a series of

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FR-EE plans Hyperloop corridor to create Mexican “megalopolis”

A team led by Fernando Romero’s Mexican studio FR-EE has won a competition to design a Hyperloop high-speed transport line, which will link urban areas from Mexico City to Guadalajara. The Mexloop is set to become one of the world’s first Hyperloop corridors, and will connect central Mexico’s major metropolises to form a “megalopolis”. FR-EE

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Tulum Treehouse by CO-LAB Design Office provides a jungle escape

This white-concrete guest house in the Mexican resort of Tulum is surrounded by dense tropical foliage, which can be viewed from above thanks to a large roof terrace. Opening this month, Tulum Treehouse was designed by local firm CO-LAB Design Office as a five-bedroom private guest retreat nestled among the dense mangrove jungle and array

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Shallow pools mirror sugar-cube suites at Hotel Mar Adentro by Taller Aragonés

White blocks containing guest accommodation appear to float on expansive reflecting pools at this minimalist Mexican hotel by Taller Aragonés. Hotel Mar Adentro sits on the coast of San José del Cabo, at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The popular resort has myriad accommodation options, including the Drift San Jose boutique hotel.

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HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

Brickwork panels alternate with gaps up the sides of this housing project in Mexico City, which local firm HGR Arquitectos has organised around a line of patios at the centre. Named after a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the Emiliano Zapata 167 apartment block is located in the sprawling city’s south-central Portales Norte neighbourhood.

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Casa Xixim by Specht Architects opens up to Tulum’s jungle and ocean

Bedrooms at this holiday villa in the Mexican resort of Tulum open onto expansive terraces overlooking the tropical forest and beach. Casa Xixim serves as a fully rentable guesthouse for large groups. It was squeezed onto a thin site by New York studio Specht Architects, which created a contemporary architectural aesthetic with white walls, timber

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Sunday Sanctuary: Morning Light

Hidden amongst the palm tress in Mexico, lies the Tulum Treehouse. A private house available for rent featuring the all the elements of your dream home… A living area big enough for a Broad City marathon with all your friends (and their friends), multiple oversized terraces, enough indoor-outdoor dining areas to take your pick, and […]

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ASP constructs Cumbres House using compressed earth blocks formed on-site

To build the walls of this house in Mexico City, architecture firm ASP took soil excavated from the site and turned it into blocks. Arquitectura Sergio Portill (ASP) designed the Cumbres House for a plot in the Cumbres de Santa Fe housing development, in the southwest of the sprawling metropolis. During construction, soil that was

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Mexico’s Hotel San Cristóbal boasts prime beachfront location

Whitewashed walls provide backdrops for cacti and frame ocean views at this boutique hotel in Mexico, by Austin architecture firm Lake Flato and designer Liz Lambert. Hotel San Cristóbal Baja overlooks the white sand beach on the coast of Todos Santos, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. Located a three-mile bike ride from the town,

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Modest holiday retreat by David Cervera nestles amongst the palms in Mexico

A natural finish made from tree sap covers this compact summer house on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, which has plenty of hammocks for relaxing in the shade. Designed by local architect David Cervera, El Palmar is sits within a grove of palms in Chuburná – a narrow barrier island north of Mérida. The home measures just

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DCPP arranges dark-walled Mexico City house around two courtyards

Pale mud bricks, teak wood and a textured black coating are all used to front this house in Mexico City, which architecture studio DCPP has designed around a pair of patios. Casa Campestre 107 is located in the city’s San Angel Inn neighbourhood, where the local studio has completed another residence around a network of courtyard gardens. This time, the architects

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Boutique hotel in Cabo offers design store, food carts and mezcal bar

Guests staying in the minimal rooms at this small hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico, can also dine from on-site food carts, sample local booze and shop products by Mexican designers. The Drift San Jose hotel sits in the historic centre of San José del Cabo, a resort town at the southern tip of the Baja

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DCPP designs low-lying concrete and glass weekend retreat at Mexican country club

Architecture studio DCPP has slotted huge windows between the concrete walls of this long, low house in Mexico to offer residents views of a golf course and mountains. Casa Paraíso is located near the Cuernavaca – the capital city of Mexican state Morelos – at the Paraíso Country Club, providing a city lawyer with a weekend retreat. Mexico City-based DCPP designed the 350-square-metre,

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MAPmx’s Mexico City tower to feature facades parted like draped curtains

Architecture studio MAPmx has unveiled an office tower in Mexico City with huge concrete walls that appear to be pulled apart at the corners. The local architects designed Chapultepec 500 with the aim to reinvigorate its location on Avenida Chapultepec – one of Mexican capital’s main thoroughfares. To achieve this, MAPmx placed the building on four concrete “legs” with curved edges

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‘The Cave’ By Abraham Cota Paredes

Architect Abraham Cota Parades has designed ‘The Cave’ with family life in mind. Despite a perhaps deceptive name, the property’s interior is filled with natural light and multi-purpose open spaces, perfect for family gatherings and shared activi…

Pablo Escobar’s Tulum mansion becomes art-filled boutique hotel

A prominent art dealer has turned an estate once owned by infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar into luxury accommodation filled with items from his collection. Located in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, Casa Malca was renovated and turned into a hotel by New York-based Lio Malca – who deals contemporary works by the likes

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Abraham Cota Paredes’ inward-looking Cave House features huge window to tree-planted atrium

Behind the white walls of this house in Mexico, architect Abraham Cota Paredes has carved out a courtyard and added a huge window to offer views of a tree planted inside. The Mexican architect designed The Cave for a family living in Guadalajara, a city in Mexico’s Jalisco state that has become a hotspot for young architects. The home takes the

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Trump touts solar-panelled Mexico border wall as cost-saving solution

US President Donald Trump has suggested that his controversial wall proposed for the country’s border with Mexico could be covered with solar panels, to provide cheap energy and help foot the bill. Trump told supporters at a rally in Iowa last Wednesday that he was the one who came up with the plan. “Pretty good

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Gardens separate rooms wrapped in brick, stone and wood at Mexican courthouse

An oval stone wall encloses brick and timber volumes that offer varying levels of privacy and connection with the gardens at the centre of this courthouse in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, by Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo. The courthouse was designed by Rocha and Carrillo’s architecture studio in response to a requirement to update all of Mexico’s justice facilities so that

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Andres Stebelski opens up artist’s Mexico City house to its courtyard during renovation

Stained white walls, black-framed windows and roof gardens surround a courtyard overflowing with greenery in this house in Mexico City, which architect Andres Stebelski has overhauled for an artist.  While renovating the U-shaped residence in the old Tacubaya area of the Mexican capital, Stebelski was struck by the fact that the rooms were arranged around a central patio that they had

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