In the early 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright began designing houses around a specific set of ideals. Wright’s Usonian homes were spread across the country and tailored to the needs of specific homeowners, yet they all had something in common: natural materials, simple layouts, minimal ornamentation, efficient construction, and (relative) affordability.
Though Wright is the mastermind of the Usonian concept, plenty of other architects have taken inspiration from those principles, including Mexican architect Alberto Kalach, whose design for a Mexican holiday home is a beautiful homage to Usonia.
The Casa Los Ailes in Mexico’s Valle de Bravo is a complex of six villas built from brick, wood, stone, and glass. The homes, like this three-story villa, capture the warmth of the Mexican landscape with neutral tones and raw materials that give the house an earthy glow.
Brick walls sit flush against dark marble floors. Wood beams cut across the ceiling and contrast with concrete. Though these materials are tried and tested for many different styles, Kalach’s perfectly simple design makes the space feel more luxurious earth lodge than modern loft.
In love? You can rent the villa here.
Via: The Spaces