A Retreat within the Mountains of Central Mexico Sources 100% of Its Water From the Sky

Project Details:

Location: Temascaltepec, Mexico

Architect: Robert Hutchison Architecture & JSa

General Contractor: Mic Mac Estructuras

Structural Engineer: Bykonen Carter Quinn

Mechanical Engineer: Taller AF

Landscape Architect: Helene Carlo

Wood Construction & Fabrication: MicMac Estructuras

Steel Construction & Fabrication: Rhometal

Water Systems Consultant: Miguel Nieto

Solar Systems Consultant: Teoatonalli

Kitchen Consultant: Piacere

Photography: Benedikt Fahlbusch, César Béjar, Jaime Navarro & Robert Hutchison

From the Architect: This assortment of small constructions within the mountains two hours west of Mexico City incorporates permaculture ideas to determine a holistic, built-in relationship between folks and place. The retreat consists of a principal residence, a indifferent artwork studio, and a bathhouse. Rain Harvest Home’s trio of buildings every accumulate rainwater to combine with an above- and below-ground reservoir system that purifies and shops rainwater to produce 100% of the house’s water year-round.

“The principal residence takes the type of a pavilion that enables for outside use year-round, with over two-thirds of the constructing footprint devoted to lined exterior house. The close by, stand-alone bathhouse inverts this relationship by orienting in direction of sky above and water beneath, and helps 4 bathing actions: scorching tub, sauna, steam bathe, and washroom. The rooms encircle a chilly plunge pool on the heart and open to the sky. All three of the constructions share a tectonic vocabulary of  volcanic-rock clad foundations and vegetated roofs.”



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