On a site in Tepoztlán, with views of two large mountain ranges (one, the more spectacular, being very close, and the other being on the other side of the valley)
Cadaval & Sola-Morales were commissioned to build a house in stone. It was to be a sharp geometry which would convert the material into its pure tectonics. Openings would be made at both ends to incorporate views as well as using the buildings height to create strips from which the mountain range could be viewed in its entirety. The roof was to respond to weather conditions.
These four conditions of the project: the geometry of the stone, end windows, strips and roof; informed the design of the interior spaces strongly delimited by thick stone walls which open out into gardens and patios to incorporate them.
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Tepoztlan Lounge, designed by Cadaval & Sola Morales, is situated among the cliffs south of Mexico city, and is a mesmerising example of not compromising with nature, but integrating it with the character of the building. Holes are cut out of the floor and ceiling to allow living trees to grow and rise up through the building, blurring the line between interior and exterior.
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