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Valle de Bravo House
Casa MZ: México Property – design by Eduardo Hernandez Ch., architect
6 May 2014 – new larger photos of this building added to this page
Location: Valle de Bravo, México
Design: Eduardo Hernandez Ch.
Valle de Bravo House
Located in Valle de Bravo lake in Mexico, the project is located on a steep slope, and with boundaries irregular in its geometry.
Bordered by a brook of clear water and by the lake itself, at one very narrow end there is a bridge that provides the only access to the site; the remaining sides are limited by the vegetation of neighbouring constructions and by thick forest.
Though blessed with beautiful views to the lake and to the brook, the site does not offer up these sights at first glance; they can only be seen from different levels of the terrain and through the surrounding forest. It is therefore necessary to locate the different functions of the programme in the more or less privileged zones, according to their importance.
The programme is designed to provide the best views for the public spaces in a horizontal arrangement, and for the private quarters in a vertical disposition.
The plastic expression of these volumes, how they are built, and the circulation among them are the theme through which the project expresses itself.
The cuts and stalls on the terrain are resolved using walls of stone from the area. Other lighter elements are built from poured concrete or brick to divide spaces, and glass panelling is placed where the views so require. The flooring is a lightened concrete system over steel and wooden beams. The relation of the different spaces to the sometimes very massive terrain, as well as the views they provide (seeking transparency most of the time), give the project a complex interplay of weight and levity.
Casa MZ – Building Information
Title: MZ HOUSE
Location: Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Designed in: 2009
Built in: 2010 – Feb 2012
Architect: Eduardo Hernandez Ch.
Interior Design: Eduardo Hernandez Ch.
Decoration: Gloria Cortina Design team: Adrian Peña R., Ivan Caballero H., Cristian Olguin M.
Structural Engineering: Arturo Hernandez Toriz
Landscape Architecture: Kees Van Rooij
Contractor: Mexvisa / Juan Calderon. P. Olvera.
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani
Renders: Daniel Ceceña
Constructed area: 780m²
Casa La Peña – Valle de Bravo Property images / information from Eduardo Hernandez Ch., 18 Dec 2012
Location:Valle de Bravo, México