The Cosmos House in Puerto Escondido was designed by the Mexico-based architecture firm S-AR and consists of three parts. The first part is a central core in which the habitable spaces are located, consisting of a bedroom, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room and a bathroom. The second part is the outer grid of concrete beams and columns that blur the lines of the actual dimension of the house, creating patios, patios, perimetric circulation and a pond. Finally, the roof is, which offers a 360 degree view of the landscape and has a mirror of water for reading the night sky and cosmos (hence the name).
Because of its seismic location, the Cosmos House uses a structural system that can react to seismic activity from any direction. Wood, a natural element that changes over time, gives warmth and reflects the surrounding landscape.
To respect the landscape, local materials are used that are durable yet low maintenance. All the water used by the house is filtered through a cistern made of sand and stone, while the rainwater collected from the roof is caught and diverted by a single waterfall that is used for the gardens around the house. Natural soaps and shampoos are also used to keep the water free from pollution.
Photos by Camila Cossío and Claudio Sodi.