Today is Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration of Mexico’s victory against France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To mark the occasion we’re showcasing beautiful Mexican houses, including a home with a rooftop stable and Casa Wabi by Japanese architect Tadao Ando (pictured), described as “paradise on earth” by one
Monterrey studio Greenfield used walls of rammed earth and rugged stone to frame the rooms of this villa for the staff of an animal breeding facility in Mexico’s Maderas del Carmen natural park
Named The Cave, the building is located in Los Pilares, a 5,000-hectare conservation facility in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, where researchers are expanding herds of native animals such as the bighorn sheep.
The villa is used by the researchers as a space for relaxing and socialising, so there are no bedrooms. The main spaces are large living and dining areas with generous views out over the scenic mountain landscape.
Greenfield founder Kenji López Rivera based his design around a desire to use natural and recycled materials that could be sourced locally and would feel appropriate for the rural setting.
“Like in vernacular architecture, the building responds directly to the site where it is placed, with basic and even primitive volumes that rise with materials from the region, gaining colour and texture right from the landscape,” he explained.