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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

MZ House

Location: Valle de Bravo, México

Design: Eduardo Hernandez Ch.

Valle de Bravo House

Valle de Bravo House
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani

Located in Valle de Bravo lake in Mexico, the project is located on a steep slope, and with boundaries irregular in its geometry.

Valle de Bravo House
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani

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.

Valle de Bravo House
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani

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.

Valle de Bravo House
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani

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.

Valle de Bravo House
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani

The plastic expression of these volumes, how they are built, and the circulation among them are the theme through which the project expresses itself.

Valle de Bravo House
photograph : Yoshihiro Koitani

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.

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photographs : Yoshihiro Koitani

Casa MZ, Valle de Bravo – Building Information

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.
Constructed area: 780m²

Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani
Renders: Daniel Ceceña

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photographs : Yoshihiro Koitani

Casa La Peña – Valle de Bravo Property images / information from Eduardo Hernandez Ch., 18 Dec 2012

Location: Valle de Bravo, México, North America

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