Entrepinos: Houses in Harmony with the Topography

Taller Héctor Barroso

Architects: Taller Héctor Barroso
Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Area: 1,700 m2
Year:  2017
Photography: Rory Gardiner

In a vast forested area in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, five weekend houses are dispersed on the ground adapting in harmony to the site’s topography, surrounded by pine trees that echo the sound of the wind.

Each house consists of six volumes positioned in such a way that they generate a void: an interior “patio” that grants views, silence and intimacy. To the north, the volumes are solid and closed. To the south, they open up bringing natural light, drawing in forest views and enjoying a private garden.

On the ground floor, living room, dining room, the kitchen and one of the bedrooms expand their limits to the exterior to join terraces, patios and the garden. Upstairs, three bedrooms frame the views to the magnificent pines.

The materials are from the region: brick, wood and soil. By reusing the soil culled from the site to cover the walls, the five buildings have a warm, natural and terracotta colour finished.

The architecture is intimately tied to the place through the choice of materials. Thereby, these monolithic dwellings emerge from the place and embody nature and the built environment.


Design: Héctor Barroso Riba, Vianney Watine, Thalia Bolio, Diego Ramírez
Structural project: Ricardo Camacho
Engineering project: Tomás Rodríguez
Landscape: Entorno, Taller de Paisaje