Stunning ash staircase ties together an eco-conscious home in Mexico City

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Located on a brownfield, the Cuernavaca House has an impressive eye for both sustainability and beauty—so much so that the project was long-listed earlier this year for the 2018 RIBA International Prize. Architectural practice Tapia McMahon designed the light-filled residence that fills out the entire plot, making room for light wells, greenery, and spacious rooms within. Repurposed materials and energy-saving solutions are present throughout the family home that’s beautifully tied together by a winding ash staircase.

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Cuernavaca House by Tapia McMahon, Mexico City Cuernavaca House, brownfield architecture in Mexico City, Cuernavaca House RIBA International Prize, ash central staircase, contemporary sustainable Mexico City architecture,

An aggregate of recycled materials and concrete form the Cuernavaca House’s structural walls. The walls’ high thermal mass keep the city’s heat at bay during the day. For a warmer touch indoors, exposed concrete is paired with an abundance of timber from wooden floors and large timber bookshelves to the twisting central ash staircase lit from above. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to take advantage of cross breezes, views, and natural light.

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Cuernavaca House by Tapia McMahon, Mexico City Cuernavaca House, brownfield architecture in Mexico City, Cuernavaca House RIBA International Prize, ash central staircase, contemporary sustainable Mexico City architecture,

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The open-plan layout helps promote the flow of natural light and breezes. The office and guest bedroom are located on the ground floor and an expansive living area occupies the first floor above, while the main bedrooms are placed on the upper levels, as is a large roof terrace with a daybed. Greenery punctuates the home, from the roof terraces to the balconies, and is irrigated with collected rainwater.

+ Tapia McMahon

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Images via Rafael Gamo

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Stunning ash staircase ties together an eco-conscious home in Mexico City