Faux Cantilever: Concrete House Seems to Float Above Glass



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Appearing cantilevered at first glance, hovering above the earth with all the heft of its concrete construction, House La Punta by Central de Arquitectura gets its seemingly gravity-defying appearance from an all-glass first floor. Two rectangular prisms are placed over each other to create an ‘L’ shape, with a subterranean parking garage, a ground floor containing all common spaces, and a second level containing the private bedrooms.

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Located in Mexico City, the home is surrounded with vegetation to give it the feel of being in a more natural setting. The heavy, rectilinear concrete volume of the third level juts out over the glass living room, which connects to a reflecting pool and a lawn. Second-floor balconies are planted with greenery to enhance the effect of wild surroundings.

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Inside, textured concrete contrasts with steel, glass and various shades of wood. The common spaces extend into another solid rectangle placed perpendicular to the ‘floating’ concrete volume and include a family room, kitchen, dining room, living room and deck.

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