A Butterfly Roof Contains This House On A Hillside In Mexico

Elías Rizo Arquitectos have designed this modern house covered in steel, concrete and wood, for a middle-aged bachelor who wanted to build a weekend house in the forest.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

 

Elías Rizo Arquitectos have designed this modern house for their client, a middle-aged bachelor who wanted to build a weekend house in a clearing within the forest that’s also on a mountain.

 

The home, located in Tapalpa, Mexico, has been designed on a series of terraces that are carved into the hill and linked by a zigzag path. Approaching the house from the garage, that sits higher up from the house, you’re able to see the roof that’s made up of a concrete slab covered with gravel.

Elías Rizo Arquitectos have designed this modern house covered in steel, concrete and wood, for a middle-aged bachelor who wanted to build a weekend house in the forest.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

The exterior of the house is covered in a lacquered steel plate, that will age overtime and will lose its luster and will oxidize, changing the house color to be rusty red to blend in with the red earth, a characteristic of the region.


Elías Rizo Arquitectos have designed this modern house covered in steel, concrete and wood, for a middle-aged bachelor who wanted to build a weekend house in the forest.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

Here’s a look at the path that leads down from the garage to the front entryway. The entryway, including the front door, are covered in wood, breaking up the harshness of the surrounding steel and the concrete overhead.


This modern house has a stone path that leads from the garage to the front entryway. The entryway, including the front door, are covered in wood, breaking up the harshness of the surrounding steel and the concrete overhead.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

Inside, and to the right is the main living, dining and kitchen areas. Wood cabinets run along the wall and designate the kitchen, white the living room is focused on the fireplace, and the dining room sits behind the living room. All of the different areas benefit from having a view of the forest outside.


Inside this modern house, there's an open floor plan with the living, dining and kitchen areas all sharing the same room. Wood cabinets run along the wall and designate the kitchen, white the living room is focused on the fireplace, and the dining room sits behind the living room. The entire room benefits from having a view of the forest outside through large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

Off to the side of the main living area is a large covered outdoor entertaining space. The wood walls surround an additional living and dining area, and protect the area from the elements.


Off to the side of the main living area in this modern house is a large covered outdoor entertaining space. The wood walls surround an additional living and dining area, and protect the area from the elements.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

Around the corner and off the interior living and dining room is another outdoor space with a small deck that overlooks the valley.


This modern house has a small wood deck that can be accessed through large sliding glass doors in the living room.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

Back inside and to the left of the entryway is the master bedroom. Large sliding glass doors open to provide access a private balcony. Also at this end of the house are two guest bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a laundry area.


This master bedroom with a concrete ceiling, features a large sliding glass door that opens to provide access a private wood balcony.

Photography by Marcos Garcia

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