Parque Vía House combines modern design with green surroundings in Mexico City
The Parque Vía de Soler Orozco Arquitectos (SOA) house invites you to a leafy corner of Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma
Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma is perhaps best known as one of the city’s main historic thoroughfares, but as it climbs westward it transforms and incorporates a leafy linear park where ash trees, eucalyptus and jacaranda trees provide abundant shade and shelter from both natural and man-made elements. This is where Parque Vía House is located, a family residence completed earlier this year by Soler Orozco Arquitectos (SOA). Set in an elegant concrete structure, the Mexican house features slender volumes, a rhythmic organization of windows, wooden shutters and marble spandrels that convey transparency while emphasizing the repetition of the facade. Surrounded by its own flower garden and protected from traffic by greenery, the haven of greenery is easily green with envy.
“What inspired the design was to create a house that stood in a garden that seemed to have always been there, while granting each space of the house its own relationship with it”, explains Juan Soler, the director of the company. “We introduced the garden to most of the spaces and were able to include water elements, double-height spaces and greenery in our design.”
Modern Mexican house embraced by its green setting
Every room in the house blurs the line between indoors and out, whether it’s the entrance hall with a single tree soaring through the double-height space and flanking the sculptural, winding staircase, to the to the open-air colonnade which faces a shallow reflecting pool. Even the garden exudes a similar quality, with landscaping spilling out from the central courtyard, blending flowerbeds with plants that entwine upwards to connect the ground floor to the green roof above the hall. reception of the house, which serves as a connection to the leafy canopy of the avenue, beyond the site itself.
The sculptural composition of concrete, marble and lofty spaces means the house is well ventilated and filled with natural light. Oriented around the reception hall, the heart of the house where guests can socialize with family and friends, the ground floor consists of an open kitchen and multiple living areas, while the bedrooms are located on the upper level. ‘stage. A separate gym and studio are located on the other side of the entrance hall and are accessible via the terrace.
“The idea behind the material palette was to use honest and authentic materials, the qualities of which would help us bring warm light into the home,” says Soler. ‘We had a warm and personalized light gray concrete designed for us, [that stays away from] falling into the category of white concrete. We have also chosen natural oak in an oil finish, to expose the natural color and texture of the grain, reflecting a warm light on their surface. Volcanic stones were chosen to bring out the contrasting color and texture of each other.
Throughout the home, thoughtful details repeatedly unite form and function. The curvature of the staircase to the second floor, clad in vertical strips of Encino oak, provides a stark contrast to the otherwise linear design of the house. Likewise, a round skylight built into the sloping roof filters soft, indirect light inside during the day and night for an ethereal effect at all times. Finished with floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened to the outdoors, the Parque Vía home really makes the case for tropical living. §