A terraced layout and massive windows bring nature into every room of this concrete house.

When clients approached Mexico City–based architecture firm Estudio MMX, they had a deceptively simple request: a 1,000-square-meter garden on a 1,000-square-meter plot in a neighborhood called Lomas de Chapultepec, west of Mexico City. The problem, of course, was that in addition to a 1,000-square-meter garden, they also wanted a house. Estudio MMX’s solution was to use large terraces to create a garden in three dimensions that connects with the house at every possible opportunity.

Located outside of Mexico City, CBC House is built for outdoor living. It has several patios and terraces, as well as quiet spaces to experience the home’s verdant garden.

Located outside of Mexico City, CBC House is built for outdoor living. It has several patios and terraces, as well as quiet spaces to experience the home’s verdant garden.

Photo: Rafael Gamo

“Our strategy,” says Diego Ricalde, one of four partners at Estudio MMX, “was to imagine the garden as an interconnected system of open spaces that runs throughout the house.” The resulting form is an L shape in the corner of the property. Above the public areas of the home are two platforms that support large, planted terraces. The layout connects the upper levels of the house to the garden, and softens the building’s cubic concrete aesthetic.

Plantings cover the terraces and flat roof of CBC House, creating space to entertain in the main area of the garden.

Plantings cover the terraces and flat roof of CBC House, creating space to entertain in the main area of the garden.

Photo: Rafael Gamo

Shop the Look

Oasiq Maro 3 Seater Sofa

The Oasiq MARO 3 Seater Sofa is a seat for three with great comfort and a modern form. Designed by Gijs Papavoine, the sofa is made from teak wood and handwoven rope. It features just enough of proportion of wood and fabric giving it a sense of style and comfort for any lounging experience. Inspired by nature. Crafted for people. Designed to be unique and reflective of the pure elegance and balance of nature, Oasiq outdoor furniture enhances the overall outdoor living experience and helps connect people to the beauty of their surroundings. Like the spiraling pattern of a sunflower’s florets, Oasiq furniture pieces are simple and perfectly balanced. As such, they are as pleasant to look at as they are to use. Photo Courtesy of The Longest Stay



Skargaarden Djuro Lounge Chair

Skargaarden proudly reports that they “make furniture for those precious moments; for the short Swedish summers.” With such a purist stance, the Scandinavian brand has dedicated itself to making furniture that can withstand all the forces that nature throws at it. So is the case with the Djuro Lounge Chair, a solid seating piece that’s designed by Matilda Lindblom. Built out of teak, you can choose an available seat and back made of a Batyline textile from Ferrari. When it’s left outside, it can be oiled once a year in order to retain the original teak color, or left alone to develop a gray patina over time. The collection also includes an armchair, footstool, and a number of table varieties. Photo Courtesy of Skargaarden

Menu Wire Pot

The inspiration for this charming and decorative series came while Kasper Ronn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen were visiting a Japanese-inspired garden in L.A. The garden had custom made standing and hanging displays with flowers and light and together with the Japanese trees and small fountains it transformed the garden into a beautiful new kind of Art Deco. The series consists of three elegant bases for cosy oil lamps or beautifully floating flower arrangements. On top of these elegant bases you can put a cosy Oil Disc to light up the terrace, the patio, or all along the driveway – or a charming pot for green plants, fresh herbs, or lovely flowers. Mix and match between heights and contents and create your own tableau displays inside the house, or outside – or maybe even both. Photo Courtesy of 2Modern

The home’s entrance at night.

The home’s entrance at night.

Photo: Rafael Gamo

See the full story on Dwell.com: This Mexico City Home Features a Garden at Every Level

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