The challenge behind this project was how to integrate a contemporary development within a small, but dense historical context. Valle de Bravo is an old colonial city dating back to 1530, with structures like the 16-th century church of Santa Maria Ahuacatlan constituting a major part of the town's physical identity---a heritage not to be taken lightly. The architects embraced the limitations and oriented their design around them. The project's material palette (plaster, stone, wood) and the subdued formal expression bow to the town's existing building stock, while the interior spatial conditions, via small courtyards and integrated natural elements (trees, vegetation, stone pits), reference the site's ragged topography. See more of this project in the Architizer database here.
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