Gardenia House


Gardenia House, designed by Estudio Atemporal is located on the outskirts of Valle de Bravo, in the town of San Simón El Alto. The project is described as follows by the office:

The particularities of the environment, the play of light and scales, hand in hand with a pure geometry that is characteristic of the typical cabin, allow us a volumetric exploration that responds to the conditions of the terrain. By reinterpreting the elements, we conceive this project as a contemporary cabin.

The program consists of a public area (living room, terrace, kitchen and services), under the double height generated by the gabled roof. This space extends towards the terrace, which as a deck integrates both moments, interior and exterior, in a harmonious way.

The private area consists of three bedrooms, two secondary ones on the ground floor and the main one on the upper floor, taking advantage of the height of the deck to create an intimate and cozy space.

How does this work improve the user's quality of life?
The house serves as a refuge space in the countryside, far from the city and more urban areas.

The gates in the public area allow a direct relationship with the outside when fully opened, allowing the environment to be part of the house at all times. In this way, it is possible to generate a necessary connection with the context, ignoring the site and at the same time exalting it. This gesture achieves the goal of leaving the city behind and experiencing the natural environment.

What are its positive impacts on health, well-being and/or productivity?
Creating an architecture that responds to its context allows generating different moments for its users. This house, designed as a rest house, manages to integrate the need to feel in a cabin in the country without leaving the comforts of a fully equipped house. It becomes an ideal space to rest and connect with the environment.

Sustainable qualities of the work

  • Construction with local materials.
  • Recovery of rainwater to reinject it into the same soil.
  • Sewage treatment.
  • Lighting and electrical bathroom equipment consumption.