The mountainous neighborhood of El Jonuco outside Monterrey, Mexico, provides its affluent residents with 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks and valley below. However, capitalizing on these views can be difficult for architects, as the dense blanket of tall trees and vegetation intrudes on vistas and the potential footprint for new structures. Thus, P+0 Architecture had to think outside the box to meet the client's requirements: a house that provides uninterrupted views of the mountains, while also respecting the existing ecosystem.
The architects found a solution in lifting the Casa Narigua's foundation above the treetops, creating a house of cantilevered masses that commands your attention. The floorplan was divided into a series of forms that stack around a group of old cedar trees. Each volume forms a separate living space, and contains a large glazing to look effortlessly out above the trees.
On the west side of the house, a group of terraces are oriented toward the focal point of the residence: two spectacular mountain peaks that almost touch one another. Sitting high above the trees, the rooftop was transformed into an enormous belvedere surrounded completely by the landscape.
On the exterior, the material palette reflects the clay-hues of the region's soil. The rusty colors contrast with the verdant mountainside, asserting the house's majestic presence. Large windows, thick walls, flat roofs and the timber beams evoke forms and materials found in traditional Mexican architecture.
When seen from a distance, it is easy to mistake Casa Narigua for some type of geological curiosity. However, the large cantilevers and heavy slabs confirm the manse's bold architectural identity amid the rocky landscape.