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CDM Designs A Home And Pool Carved Into A Rocky Hillside In Mexico

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Guadalajara-based architecture firm Casas De Mexico (CDM) has designed ‘SJA III’, carving into the rocky hillside to create a home and a pool with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Located on the west of Mexico, the home has been designed to work with the natural landscape instead of against it. “With this idyllic scenario, imposing the programme upon the site as if it had fallen almost randomly resulted devoid of a true significance,” explained the architects in a statement about the project. Sitting nestled into the rock face, the home’s roof is draped with vines and its open-plan living and dining area opens on three sides to the views beyond, allowing “the breeze and the red sunset light to inundate the space,” explain the architects. Using natural materials—dark wood and stone—for both the exterior and interior of the building, CDM has managed to create a building that is in harmony with its surroundings, but which isn’t overcome by them. The grand feature of ‘SJA III’ is undoubtedly the pool that sits carved into a rocky section of the hill overlooking the beach and ocean beyond it.

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All images © Rory Gardiner and Javier Duenas