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LMM Bungalow by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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Designed by Cadaval & Solà-Morales in 2016, LMM Bungalow is a refuge for temporary sojourns. Located in Tepoztlan, Mexico, nearby the Tepoztlán Lounge, the bungalow has a total floor area of 80m² (861ft²).

Exposed to the breathtaking views of the valley and the common area of the property, this contemporary cottage is located on a leveled surface already existing within the forest that occupies the site. The building is a small box that hovers over this plain, opening to the views and interacting with the steep slope of the terrain below. It is built on concrete seeking for low maintenance, and with the outer shell painted black to minimize the visual impact on the landscape. It is a framed box with its sides shut to maintain privacy with the succeeding bungalows, but fully open to the frontal views. The project aims to reinforce the belvedere condition in each of its main spaces.

Being a temporary shelter, the project prioritizes both the living area and the master bedroom. Hence, the box brakes down in two at the front to make explicit the separation between those two main frontal spaces, allowing the vegetation to occupy the rift. To strengthen the necessary relationship with nature, these two key spaces have large front terraces that extend their experience and approach to the edge of the natural platform on which the bungalow stands. The cabin is a small plinth, a shelter among the trees to enjoy the views, the weather and the exuberant nature of the place.

— Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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Photographs by Sandra Pereznieto, Diego Berruecos
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