This Mexico City Home Features a Garden at Every Level
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.
“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.