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Located on the outskirts of Valle de Bravo, Casa Rancho Avándaro by Chain Siman Architects merges classic elements of the Mexican hacienda with contemporary solutions. The weekend retreat is a balance of luxury and functionality designed to make the most of its extensive natural surroundings.
Like a traditional hacienda, this retreat is characterized by solid volumes, interior patios, and a fountain – though here replaced by a jacuzzi. The architectural program is divided into the three distinct volumes with an annex. All volumes are built of yellow stone sourced from a nearby quarry. In addition to the extensive use of stone for load bearing walls, and glazing for expansive views, roofs are gabled with a steel structure and wooden beams. The roof itself is clad with tiles.
The different volume heights respond to the functional program contained within. The central double-height volume contains the main living room and dining room that connects with the terrace and jacuzzi at the front and a central patio to the rear. One of the side volumes contains a bedroom with study-loft, and the other volume contains the kitchen and remaining services.
It was important for the owners that the house functions as an independent home while also offering the possibility of entertaining family members and friends. As such, an annex building is connected to the main house via a glass connector that crosses the patio. The annex offers privacy while still belonging to the overall program and architectural concept.
The interior design is developed around the use of lighting, finishes the incorporation of local vegetation. Interiors stone preserves the natural essence of the design and is complemented by black ironwork, as well as wood components, Poured concrete is used for kitchen and bathroom flooring.