Los Durmientes by Bernardo Chavez Peón

In Mexico’s Valle de Bravo, Los Durmientes by Bernardo Chavez Peon Arquitectura considers how a home can bring the feeling of a forest within. Los Durmientes, located in the countryside of Mexico City, seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings. Architect Bernardo Chavez Peon designed the house to evoke a sense of being a “hidden gem” in the midst of lush vegetation and rolling hills.
The site offers a peaceful and secluded atmosphere, with expansive views of open spaces framed by trees and rolling clouds between two nearby hills. Inspired by classical architecture’s symmetry, Los Durmientes harmoniously incorporates local materials and custom details, prioritizing the natural context. The house features five bedrooms, a spacious living room with a dining area and a bar, a terrace with an exterior kitchen and grill, as well as an outdoor dining space and living area.
The layout emphasizes elements such as symmetry, focal points, wooden beam ceilings, and stone masonry walls. The use of locally sourced materials minimizes the carbon footprint and cost of transportation, and adds authenticity to the design. Custom-made furniture contributes to the house’s unique character, with a striking monolithic stone table serving as a standout feature.
These natural elements, including linens, stone, and raw wood tones, create an immersive experience within the home, akin to the Japanese concept of “Shinrin-yoku,” or forest bathing. Los Durmientes is a tranquil and harmonious retreat that seamlessly integrates with its environment, offering a sense of calm and connection.

Photography by Fabián Martínez
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