Located at the foot of Tepozteco mountain in Mexico and surrounded by a natural reserve, Casa Meztitla is a beautiful stone-walled residence designed by EDAA for a retired couple who wanted a home to entertain friends and family.
“Responding to this setting, EDAA chose volcanic stone for the walls of the house, matching the tones of the mountain landscape. This is accompanied by large expanses of glazing, while concrete floor slabs create courtyards and rooftop patios…
The large expanses of steel-framed glazing pivot open from a sunken L-shaped living space into the surrounding gardens, while four bedrooms with glass walls have access to concrete patios with brightly coloured hammocks, located in the centre of the residence.”
I particularly liked the environmentally smart water management system of the residence, that include two reservoirs designed to collect the abundant rainfall in the area.
“The first – located under a lawn in the courtyard – harvests and filters rainwater used for drinking, showering and laundry. The second is a circular reservoir that is open to the elements. It collects used tap water that is stripped of soap and oils, before being diverted back to the house for flushing toilets and irrigating the gardens.”