Casa Renacimiento

In the high desert of central Mexico an abandoned rattan factory sat decaying among ancient trees by the Rio Laja. A ceramic artist and a writer saw in the property a new life with home and studio. The two existing buildings offered little inspiration, but the survey provided core ideas for the design. An alignment to the ancient church of Atotonilco led to the forms and choreography of movement through the buildings.

A meandering driveway allows the approach to be a discovery. The buildings rise into view, deep red among the lush green and coarse grey of the weathered trees, as though being unveiled by the earth. The circuitous journey penetrates to the very heart of the main building where the massive glass entry door pivots on the geographical center of the building and the core point of the interlocking geometries. Water trickles down textured walls into a reflecting pool at the entry, beside fire, earth and air, each heightening the senses. Living, dining, kitchen, library and master suite spill onto layers of terraces. A long stair climbs over three guest suites to a loft and rooftop mirador with multi levels of terraces for watching summer thunderstorms or daily sunsets. Bi-folding doors open the master bedroom to sculpted stairs and private gardens. The tile wrapped, vaulted master shower opens to the tree tops; the tub was shaped to the angles and curves of the owner for comfortable reading. A portion of the original roof was removed to create an interior garden for the dressing area. Terraces and gardens weave together, reaching delicately to embrace the natural landscape. The lap pool soars into space beneath gnarled branches of ancient trees, infinity edges reflecting the sky.

The circuitous journey into this home continues in the flowing forms of the windows, mantles, ceilings, terraces, railings and cabinets. The builders assembled to make this home are artists in the truest sense; hand made by the blacksmith, the doors and windows are a wonder of craftsmanship; hand formed concrete sinks and elaborate tile murals are made by each of the team; light fixtures are hand crafted in glass and steel; cantera stone floors are locally quarried; cabinets are stained in translucent luster; a curvaceous roof links home to studio. The owner’s collection of ethnic folk art is evident in every niche and wall.
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“pool” — rjelke
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“Planta” — tehuacan
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“Color” — barbaramarin
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“can we add some color somewhere” — juliefields
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“Concrete back steps with bench” — charlottefetty
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“Colors” — sydkell
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“So inspiring and colorful” — nunya1432
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“great cabinetry design. I love the uppers.” — Suzanne Marie's Interiors, Suzanne Denning
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“Everything!!” — nunya1432
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“Love the tub” — Suzanne Marie's Interiors, Suzanne Denning
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“colors” — zaftig7
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“jiggered stairs” — guptama
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“the sharp colors” — koribathroom
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“Colors” — sydkell
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“the shadow makes a great pattern” — koribathroom
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“more iron work” — casajulia
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