Site size: 1,600 sf

Project size: 2,000 sf

Program: The architect sought to build a four-bedroom house reminiscent of the high-end Modern Mexican architecture of the 1960s, utilizing local materials that would age well and develop a pleasing patina over time.

Location: The residential Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood in the the Miguel Hidalgo borough of Mexico City

Solution: Secluded within a garden, a wide porch greets visitors to the Sierra Fria house. Round steel columns support a thin concrete overhang. Extensive glazing on the ground floor permits views directly into the double-height foyer and living/dining area. Inside, muted walls in the main entertaining space give way to warm wood in the cozy den. A concrete, glass, and marble staircase leads to four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, completely separating the private areas from the public.

Construction and materials: The architect channeled the style and materials historically used in the upscale residentail neighborhood Jardines del Pedregal, including volcanic rock, concrete, steel, and glass.


Additional Information

Completion date: April 2016

Gross square footage: 2,500 sf

Total project cost: $75,000

Total construction cost: $1.5 million




Architect Jose Juan Rivera Rio
Monte Caucaso 1325

Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo

Zip Code 11000, Mexico City
+521 5537222370


Interior designer:

Jose Juan Rivera Rio


Jose Miguel Enriquez



Nasser Malek Hernandez



Lighting: Juno Company





Structural System

Reinforced concrete, steel

Exterior Cladding

Masonry: Eng. Jose Miguel Enriquez

Metal/glass curtain wall: Jose Luis Reyes Company

Rainscreen: Fester

Wood: Listone Giordano

Moisture barrier: Fester

Curtain wall and other cladding: Volcanic stone, Concrete and glass


Built-up roofing: Concrete

Metal: IPR and IPS By Steel AHMSA Company

Other: Marble: Grey modena, Travertino Veracruz Marmoles Arca Company


Metal frame: Duranodic Company


Glass: Vitro Company


Entrances: Wood and steel
Tropical solid wood in MX

Metal doors: Steel plate
Herco Company

Wood doors: Tropical wood in MX
Misael Company

Sliding doors: Duranodic Company

Fire-control doors, security grilles: ADT Company (Security)


Locksets: Kuma Company

Exit devices: Merik Company

Pulls: Baldwin Company

Security devices: ADT Company

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Poliform Company

Paints and stains: Comex

Wall coverings: Plaster and painting

Solid surfacing: Concrete, steel and volcanic stone

Wood walls: MAFI Company

Floor tile: Marble travertino veracruz
Arca Company
Carpet: Bensire Store

Raised flooring: Underfloor heating
Honeywell Company



Don Shoemaker


Interior ambient lighting, downlights, tasklighting, exterior lights: Juno Company

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron Company


Energy management or building automation system: Solar energy

Underfloor heating: Honewell Company

Photovoltaic system: Exel Solar Company