Cañada House: Embracing the Landscape with a Minimalist Touch

May 27, 2024



Albert Aycardo

The Cañada House blends in with the hills of Naucalpan, Mexico as it brings its slopes into its form. Escobedo Solize balances the home’s modern minimalist design with the rugged terrain it sits upon. It makes a strong case of how the built environment doesn’t need to be removed from the natural. 

Hanging on the Hillside 

Cañada House seamlessly cascades down a steep slope with cantilevered volumes arranged in a staggered manner. The ravine’s character remains undisturbed as the structure floats above it. The home intertwines with and makes space for the area’s natural landscape while offering views of the surroundings. 

Concrete and glass define the Cañada House’s materiality. It creates a strong contrast that establishes the structure from the surrounding lush greenery. Its angularity and orderly geometric consistency further plays along this design direction. Minimal ornamentation and decorative elements focus on the purity of form and material.

Each space has a curated view that emphasizes constant engagement between users and their context. The home plays around with the site with elevated walkways connecting above. A collection of courtyards mixed with pocket gardens make for a dynamic outdoor experience.

A Play on Levels

The interior spaces carry on the exterior’s minimalist philosophy. Finishes are left in their raw state, in line with making it compatible with natural appearances. Sleek black accents, trims of steel, and touches of wood fill the spaces with an industrial feel. Curated furnishings and accessories add warmth and character without detracting from the architectural features. All these elements orchestrate a sophisticated setting despite its rural context.

The uncluttered floor plan and double-height volumes enhance the sense of spaciousness and lightness within. Carved from the bottom of the structure is a central patio with an open-air kitchen and a semi-covered pool.The ground floor contains the public hosting areas and kitchen. Meanwhile, the second floor houses the bedrooms and a more private set of shared areas.

The Cañada House’s integration with nature comes with a slew of sustainable designs. Its material choice contributes to the building’s energy efficiency through its thermal mass properties. The strategic allocation of openings and windows captures the flow of air around the landscape. Furthermore, its elevated form preserves the original character of the ravine. 

Turning Around Context 

The Cañada House works with the difficult terrain it sits upon with a stylistic touch. Its clever design solutions and plays on elevation fosters a harmonious coexistence between these two elements. Furthermore, the use of modern and contemporary design still retains a modern character in a rural landscape. Fitting it within the present constraints invites ingenious solutions that make for a unique design in its place.

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Photo credit: Ariadna Polo

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