A rural retreat in the forests north of Mexico City is home to a new glass conservatory house. It is an extension of an existing living space, one that uses an abandoned tennis court as its foundation. The Glass Conservatory House by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos is a bright, airy living space that comprises five rooms under a clear glass shell. It is built with stone, wood, steel and glass, taking the shape of a conservatory for plants and people alike.
The Glass Conservatory House is designed to stand alone as its own living space beyond the plot’s main residence. It doesn’t include bedrooms, but five spaces under a glass roof for relaxation, dining, entertainment and gardening. Its occupants retire to the main house for sleep, but spend their days and evenings occupying this stone and crystal castle of sorts.
The inspiration for the Glass Conservatory House came from early English greenhouses and imaginations of Darwin’s workshop. Its shape and materials recall the cottage-style iconography of centuries past, but the execution has a contemporary feel to it. The warm, wooden floors and mid-century furniture suggest a modern experience. The result is a contemplative space, one that is ideal for individual relaxation and the entertainment of guests. Day or night, it’s a dreamy space where the wildlife around it and the stars above it are central to its experience. [photography by onnis luque]
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