Mexican architects AM30 Taller de Arquitectura and Stephane Arriola designed Casa EC, a vacation home in a small town outside Guadalajara, to be rooted in natural materials found in the surrounding landscape. The architects built the home’s stone walls from a metal framework, giving the house current-day structural stability paired with an old-world look.
The 4,100-square-foot house is split into five rectangular boxes situated around a central courtyard, giving the house the feel of interconnected villas. Each volume has its own separate function—two of the boxes are set back away from the entrance and contain three private bedrooms. Meanwhile, the three other volumes are designed around a living room, dining room, and kitchen.
Inside, the stone walls play off of wood ceilings and floors, giving the space the dark, cozy vibe of an ancient fortress that was rediscovered and filled with modern fixtures and furniture. The balance between old and new is beautiful and unexpected—the perfect combination for a getaway home.