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Architect Uses Mixture Of Natural And Reflective Materials To Create Hidden Dwelling In Northern Mexican City

Los Terrenos, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mirror Glass Dwelling, Mexico, Photography Rory Gardiner
photography ©Rory Gardiner

Los Terrenos, or The Terrains, is the recently completed work of Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao. Bilbao Estudio has completed a variety of projects often utilizing concrete and rammed earth. Her works feature natural building materials and frequently feature an abundance of natural lighting techniques.

For Los Terrenos, in addition to her use of rammed earth and clay bricks, the architect chose a mirrored glass that directly reflects the forested hillside.

Los Terrenos, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mirror Glass Dwelling, Mexico, Photography Rory Gardiner
photography ©Rory Gardiner

Currently, the home features two structures that are centralized around a pool and are further enveloped by the lush natural landscape as well as other natural materials such as terracotta and stonework.

Los Terrenos, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mirror Glass Dwelling, Mexico, Photography Rory Gardiner
photography ©Rory Gardiner

As the dwelling is comprised of two entities, each contains a unique orientation and construction. For instance, the larger of the two, which is rectangular in shape, features the kitchen, dining and living areas. This volume utilizes the mirrored glass and a customized lattice.

Los Terrenos, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mirror Glass Dwelling, Mexico, Photography Rory Gardiner
photography ©Rory Gardiner

As the studio describes, “The lattice was designed to adapt according to different spatial connections and structural possibilities. It works as a solid and permeable floor, a screen partition, a structural wall, and a semi-open wall that allows ventilation and sunlight to bathe the interior spaces.”

Los Terrenos, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mirror Glass Dwelling, Mexico, Photography Rory Gardiner
photography ©Rory Gardiner

The remaining volume, which is L-shaped, houses the bedrooms and is most reminiscent of Bilbao’s signature style with rammed earth and clay brick walls. Additionally, this portion of the home employs wooden platform steps that serve as hidden storage to further enable a minimalistic and clutter-free home.

Although often controversial in nature, a mirrored material was an understandable subsequent choice for the studio as they focus on natural materials that blend into their surroundings. The mirrored glass not only reflects the surrounding forest, but it conceals the dwelling creating a hidden oasis for its inhabitants.

photography © Rory Gardiner
information courtesy of Dezeen and Bilbao Estudio

DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.

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