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Out of Sites: Perfect Pitch

Mairi Beautyman

Having too many breathtaking sites on which to build is an unusual predicament. Yet the Mexico City–based firm of Legorreta + Legorreta faced that very challenge when it was commissioned to carry out the architecture and interior design of this striking weekend getaway in central Mexico, about 100 miles southwest of the country’s capital. The homeowners—a businessman and his wife—had presented the firm with four years’ worth of property acquisitions, which amounted to a nearly 46-acre hillside site that overlooked the surrounding peaks and valleys.

The solution, according to principal Victor Legorreta, lay in building multiple structures to take full advantage of each vantage point. “We thought, ‘Instead of one house, why not a series capturing several beautiful places?’ ” says Legorreta. He worked on the project with his father, the renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta, who died in December 2011 at the age of 80.

Completed in 2010, Casa Los Tecorrales encompasses five one-story structures totaling 25,000 square feet. The main and guest residences and the pool house feature ceramic-tile roofs—which are pitched and butterfly-like, with the highest edges pointing toward the best views—while plaster walls are painted terra-cotta red to complement the soil’s reddish hue. Hand-carved stonemasonry also graces the home’s exterior. Throughout the interiors, including the main house’s living and dining area, which opens to a stone terrace, pine beams cross the ceilings, floors are oak or sandstone, and millwork is parota, an exotic hardwood. These elements, Legorreta says, evoke “the weekend and the woods.”

 

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