Emulating the natural, cultural and historical importance of Malinalco, Mexico, home to one of the world’s three monolithic pyramids, the Mague House integrates the sanctity of the natural terrain into its architecture.
Mexican studio Mauricio Ceballos x Architects designed the home’s volumes to carefully avoid any disturbance to the trees and flora of the sloping plot, resulting in an architectural space that meanders its way through outdoor spaces and abundant foliage.
Local materials such as wood, stone and the Mayan version of stucco, chukum, form a dwelling that is decidedly contemporary yet well within a pre-Hispanic cultural context. Slatted wood walls and large portions of glass take turns in forming a facade that simultaneously welcomes natural light into the space while offering its inhabitants their privacy.
The different rooms are distributed along both sides of a cemented footpath that cuts across Mague House’s rectangular floor plan. Certain rooms were designed to be multifunctional and flexible, easily shifting from an area of rest to work – a feature we imagine to have been quite useful during the COVID-19 lockdown.
A number of exterior terraces and patios dot the property, culminating in the main outdoor area which hosts a swimming pool, a monolithic stone bonfire pit, and a wooden pyramid-inspired structure.