A black mansion surrounded by greenery, designed by Lopez Gonzalez Studio.

Architect Jose Pedro Lopez Gonzalez contrasted the laconic architecture and dark facades of this house in a residential area of Mexico City with the tropical vegetation surrounding the site. Designing the building, the author was inspired by the image of a rock cave with crevices in the ceiling and walls of frozen volcanic lava. So there was an idea to paint the walls of the house in a matte anthracite shade, and sporadically “scatter” the windows on the facade. 

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

Despite the apparent lack of logic in the arrangement of windows, Lopez Gonzalez carefully thought out the place of each. Instead of using panoramic glazing, the architect opted for “dotted” rectangular windows of different sizes, which serve as a frame for perfectly matched angles. The views of the hills and greenery seem even more spectacular thanks to the contrasting red frames. 

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

In the interior of the house, the charcoal shade of the facade resembles a floor of black marble, visually connecting different rooms. The architect chose light gray plaster for the walls, and brought warmth to the minimalist space with the help of built-in elements and furniture made of light wood. The rooms are decorated in modernist traditions: in the living room there is a built-in shelving and furniture in black leather (Charles and Ray Eames’ chaise longue looks especially organic), in the dining room there is a solid table and a practical highboard. The bedroom with a sloping slatted ceiling and a wooden panel-headboard seems quite ascetic. There is peace and order here, and the best interior decorations are picturesque views from the windows. 

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

Современный дом в пригороде Мехико

Photo: César Béjar

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