Bruma House

Bruma House

Fernanda Canales 


Located in the State of Mexico, the Bruma House had to address three fundamental questions: the first was how to build in the middle of a forest without felling a single tree; the second was how to open up the home to both the morning and the afternoon sun; and the third question was how to give each part of the living program a certain degree of autonomy. The result is a feat. Nine blocks are interconnected, each rotated in accordance with views, orientations, topography, and the position of the surrounding trees, and they accommodate the different spaces.

The building’s powerful sense of unity has been achieved by organizing the nine blocks around a large central courtyard, besides limiting the palette of materials to glass, wood, stone, and, most importantly, exposed concrete colored black, which gives the complex the immediately recognizable image of a compact but at the same time permeable bastion of domesticity.