Casa Bruma is more compound than house. The black concrete residence, built 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, is comprised of nine structures that when combined create a single home with a sprawling footprint.
The architects Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez describe the 6,500-square-foot home as an “exploded house,” whose individual buildings are positioned to avoid disturbing the land’s vegetation and to garner the best views from their floor-to-ceiling windows.
Each cube-like building serves its own purpose: One box houses a master and children’s bedroom. In another, a studio sits a floor above the dining room. Other boxes are used for guest rooms, a garage, sitting room, kitchen, private apartment, and utility room.
The individual units coalesce around a courtyard and are connected by outdoor stone walkways and indoor glass and concrete-encased hallways.