Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Project size: 7,400 square feet
Program: La Colorada is a weekend getaway for a young family living in Mexico City.
Design Solution: By siting the house within an existing tree clearing, Pablo Pérez Palacios and his team of designers were able to tread lightly in a densely wooded area. La Colorada’s volumetric organization and materiality also dampen its visual footprint, allowing it to recede into the natural landscape.
The retreat is organized into two levels: an upper-story, open-air A-frame that encloses living and dining spaces, which is set atop a lower-story plinth of bedrooms that mediates the site’s gentle slope. The A-frame is clad in shingles, except at the southern end where only sturdy timbers meet the ground and extensive glazing ensures daylit interiors. Around the A-frame, a paved terrace (the roof of the lower level) creates an overlook and accommodates an outdoor pool. Access to the lower level is provided via an exterior staircase that descends through the plinth and leads to a portico connecting each of the bedrooms. Here, the exterior has been darked—from afar, it almost disappears.
Structure and Materials: The A-frame offered a suitable balance of structural feasibility, spatial intimacy, and environmental comfort. Load-bearing walls in the lower-level structure the paved terrace. Inside, wood and an earthen palette maintain a warm atmosphere.
Completion date: January 2023
Site size: 1.9 acres
Total construction cost: $600,000
Photography © Rafael Gamo
Images courtesy Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados
Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados
Av. Paseo de la Reforma 393-1001
Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06500, Mexico City, Mexico
Personnel in the firm who should receive special credit:
Principal Architect: Pablo Pérez Palacios
Design Team: Miguel Vargas, Nancy Estévez, Sergio Delgado
Wooden Structure: MicMac
Glass: Glasfen, Cortizo line
Millwork: Katerina Alatzia
Wall coverings: Rodriguez Framing