Disobeying the principles of traditional mountain architecture, Agraz Arquitectos envisioned a highly contemporary residence in the Santa Anita Golf Club of Tlajomulco in Jalisco, Mexico. Built on a site with a highly accentuated slope, the project is structured on four levels: “the first one for the automobiles, the next one for social areas (kitchen, living and dinning rooms), third for main bedroom next to family room, and last, a fourth one destined for boy and girl bedrooms which have the most privileged views due to their location in the highest peak of the terrain.”
The four levels are connected through a central stairway, but an elevator was also added a practical feature to the overall design. One of the most spectacular interior of the Mountain House is its wine cellar, perfectly integrated into a rocky mountain carving, yet displaying elegant finishes. Enjoy the virtual tour below and feel free to share your ideas below!
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
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