Mexico City's temperate climate allows for inventive residential designs that are open to their environments, and bring a bit of the natural world right inside. Following in this tradition is "La casa en el bosque" or "The House in the Forest" in a suburb of the Distrito Federal, designed by local architecture studio Grupo Arquitectura.
The geometric, dual-volume, 10,763-square-foot house (1,000 square meters) comprises two concrete structures connected via glass skywalks that give residents views into the lush courtyard as they travel from the home's private rooms in one volume to its common areas, including a double-height living room, kitchen, and mezzanine-level dining area, in the other.
Sustainable building techniques and eco-conscious systems help keep the house's energy use to a minimum. An aluminum brise soleil on one of the glazed facades, for example, helps minimize solar heat gain, while wastewater that can be reclaimed is used for irrigation. In an added bit of energy-saving wizardry, the residence's electrical systems are automated, from security to audio, window blinds and more.
∙ grupo arquitectura's house in the forest is connected with glass walkways
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