Casa Narigua appears to float like a modernist vision amongst the forests of the El Jonuco mountains
Made from concrete, glass and dark mesquite wood local to Mexico’s northeast, Casa Narigua appears to float like a modernist vision amongst the forests of the El Jonuco mountains. Designed to blend in to the landscape—even to the point of adjusting floorplans to allow for the cedar trees on site to weave between and within rooms—the house and its views, as captured by photographer Pia Riverola, are all the more remarkable for being found in what is effectively a suburb of the city Monterrey. This dream house build by Casa Narigua’s architect, David Pedroza Castañeda.
“The floating effect came about because the owners were adamant about the home being single-story. They didn’t want stairs, and even though the house has three levels, all the main areas are accessible from the ground floor which provides them with everything they need to live comfortably. Building a house of this size on the ground would have had a significant impact on the surrounding environment. Hence the idea of placing the main floor on a small volume – a decision that greatly reduced, if not eliminated, a negative environmental impact.”