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
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).