Ar­chi­tec­ture

Na­ture is the in­spi­ra­tion for all three of these ar­chi­tec­tural projects, all of which make a state­ment by in­cor­po­rat­ing the sur­round­ing land­scape into their de­signs

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Groundbreaking dwellings that in­cor­po­rate na­ture into their de­signs. Plus, award-win­ning Mex­i­can ar­chi­tect Frida Es­cobedo on her in­spi­ra­tions and up­com­ing projects

CLOAKED HOUSE by 3r Ernesto Pereira Por­tuguese ar­chi­tect Ernesto Pereira is known for cre­at­ing al­lur­ing, an­gu­lar vil­las, where the dis­tinc­tion be­tween the in­te­rior and the out­doors is blurred. Re­cently, he com­pleted an open-plan abode, which, glazed on all sides, al­lows the sur­round­ing trees to form part of the dé­cor. Raised on stilts on a rugged hill­side in Por­tu­gal’s city of Marco de Canaveses, the home sits on a con­crete base that ex­tends out onto a ter­race, with large slid­ing doors. Min­i­mal­ist yet el­e­gant in de­sign, the high­light of the in­te­rior is the floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows. Punc­tured holes in the con­crete al­low the site’s ex­ist­ing trees to flour­ish, with the lush veg­e­ta­tion pro­vid­ing shade from the sear­ing heat (3-r.pt). LOS TERRENOS by Ta­tiana Bil­bao Play­ing clever tricks on the eye, the sleek, mir­rored façade of Los Terrenos – a hol­i­day home hid­den amidst the woody ter­rain of Mon­ter­rey in north­east Mex­ico – re­flects the sur­round­ing for­est to bril­liant ef­fect. Two large build­ings sur­round a cir­cu­lar pool – one of the struc­tures is a rec­tan­gu­lar block, con­tain­ing the kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area, while the other houses two bed­rooms. Di­a­mond-shaped ter­ra­cotta tiles and light tim­ber pan­els deck the in­te­rior, cre­at­ing a warm and wel­com­ing space (ta­tian­abil­bao.com).

CASA FLOTANTE by Talleresque In a patch of for­est at the heart of Mex­ico City, the tall, nar­row, three-storey Casa Flotante stands, raised on stilts above the un­even ter­rain. This home and work stu­dio was de­signed by Juan De La Rosa of ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice Talleresque. The eco-friendly tim­ber-built de­sign, in­spired by the tow­er­ing trees around it, fea­tures a mix of Ja­panese and trop­i­cal in­flu­ences, with slid­ing doors, glazed pan­elling and a mag­nif­i­cent wrap­around stair­case (talleresque.com).

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