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IZAR HOUSES

Taller Adg Alonso De Garay + Mdb Micaela De Bernardí

ARCHITECTS
Mdb Micaela De Bernardí, Taller Adg Alonso De Garay

PHOTOGRAPHS
Onnis Luque

YEAR 
2020

CATEGORY
Landscape Architecture, Houses, Detail

LEAD ARCHITECT
Taller Adg Alonso De Garay

BUILDER
Tuca

INTERIOR DESIGN
MDB Micaela de Bernardí

SUSTAINABILITY
UMA (Universidad del Medio Ambiente)

LOCATION
Valle De Bravo, Mexico

MANUFACTURERS
Mafi, Perilbagno, Wolf Creek Cedar

LANDSCAPE
Taller de Arquitectura Entorno

AREA
6570 m²

A pair of two-story houses that are exceptionally efficient in terms of energy, due to the use of natural light as well as rainfall.

Izar Houses
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Izar Houses
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They are located on a couple of adjacent lots that are also very steep, which is ideal for achieving the best views of the Valle de Bravo Lake from the top floors.

The materials used in construction as well as in finishes, along with a functional design, make sure the project is in perfect harmony with nature.

Izar Houses
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Izar Houses
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Green roofing, local stone, and the façade lattice made out of specially-treated wooden slats all contribute to the house’s full integration into the landscape.

Entry to the complex occurs through an access plaza, with bodies of water and vegetation that gives continuity with the natural environment.

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Izar Houses

Once inside, private areas take up the lower floor, while more public, social areas take up the upper floor.

A skylight made out of locally-sourced stone and vegetation connect both stories.

Izar Houses
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Izar Houses
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Users gain access through a lobby that acts as a distributing space into the main living room, service kitchen, and the staircase that leads to the lower, more private area.

The main living room is a very generous space and contains a black steel fireplace that contrasts with the oak employed on floors, walls, and ceilings.

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Izar Houses
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Next to it, we find the dining room and a kitchen for special events.

Finally, there is a covered terrace, with space for secondary, open living and dining rooms, as well as a support bar with a grill.

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Izar Houses
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Next is a fully open terrace with a swimming lane.

All of these spaces have a view of the woods and lake. This area's given support by a service area with a kitchen and area for storage.

On the lower level, we first reach a private but social space that includes a lobby, a family room, and a play area.

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Izar Houses
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A hallway that surrounds the skylight leads to a gym as well as the bedrooms.

The main bedroom has a bathroom, dressing room, and studio.

Izar Houses
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Izar Houses
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There are two additional rooms with a loft, a bathroom, and a dressing room, and three more with a bathroom and dressing room.

On the lots’ lower sections there is a common area with terraces, a swimming pool, a gym, a kitchen with a pizza oven, dressing rooms, and a small spa.

Izar Houses
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Izar Houses
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These houses together form a biological corridor. The service and parking areas, as well as children’s areas, edible forest, and fireplace, are all in adjacent areas within their respective plots.


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