Valle of Bravo, in the estate of México, is famous for its lake and the wonderful landscapes that surround it. Its privileged location and the good climate all year long had turned it into a favorite destination for a holiday home. House L is a great example of the new proyects that haven been developed in the area.


The project was developed in a 1,117 meters lot situated at the foot of a crag making the axis the integration to the vicinity and making the most of the views to the lake. The house has 3 nivels that take advantage of the rough topography of the lot and responding to the functional and versatile program requested by the client.


The orientation of the lot and its location inside of a small peninsula of the dam of Valle de Bravo, make the house to be inside of a mild microclimate. To make the most of the conditions large windows were done and combined with concrete and stone walls. The result is a space that maintains a cool temperature during the day and warm at night.


The public areas and circulations are monochromatic transitions where the texture of materials such raw casted cement, granite and recovered wood emphasize the passage of light through the concrete walls incorporating the contrast between light and shades to the interior.




  • Architect: Juan Pablo Serrano – Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
  • Architect: Rafael Monjaraz – Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
  • Architect: Edgar Velasco Casillas de R Zero
  • Other: Alejandro Zárate, Gilberto Muñoz Rodriguez, Jesús González Méndez, Isaac Guzmán Ramírez
  • Photographer: Jaime Navarro

Posted by Juan Pablo Serrano

Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos reaches 25 years developing architectural spaces where quality is achieved by the proper use of materials and light as creative elements. Being space their raw material, architects Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco and Rafael Monjaraz Fuentes, demonstrate their capability and performance in all architecture fields always supported by interdisciplinary teams. Their structure and professionalism has given them the opportunity to work in partnership with important firms as well as with national and international architects. They have been invited to national and international competitions and they actively participate in the formation and diffusion of architectural work. Architecture signifies their way to collaborate in the development of a better urban context because the correct design of spaces is the only way to create better cities. Their experience has been strengthened by the constant search of the perfect combination between form and structure. For them community is the backbone of the cities and buildings, in which settlers spend their day to day, these are the elements that help them contribute with spaces designed to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. They have had the opportunity to design, direct and execute residential projects, restaurants, hotels, cultural centers and housing developments. The sensibility that they bring into their projects is the decanting of everything that they learn in their professional and personal activities. Light, materials and technology are combined in a perfect balance to create the living space around the inhabitant. Their awareness regarding the ecological balance and nature has been present in their projects since their inception and they consider that sustainability is not a trend but the only way to make architecture. They are members of the Green Building Council Chapter Mexico, to strengthen their contribution in the architectural scene designing buildings that have the highest energy performance standards. They have participated with their projects in various exhibitions in major countries like Mexico, United States, France, Singapore, Italy, Argentina, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, China, Australia, Greece and Spain, as well as in interviews and in various national and international magazines. They have received numerous awards and distinctions both in Mexico and abroad.

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