August 2, 2017

Mesmerizing Forest Clads Puerto Vallarta Beach House by Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

The clients were two brothers—each married with four children—who wanted a beach pad that both families could use simultaneously. The vacation home was to be casual (think California living circa 1950), the opposite of their traditional city residences. And the place was to be handed over turnkey ready, with Ezequiel Farca and partner Cristina Grappin executing everything from the architecture to the interior design to the choice of accessories.

Plants arranged in artful patterns deck the roof and several exterior walls. Photography by Jaime Navarro.

Half the facade is board-formed concrete, imprinted with the timber’s unique grains and whorls. The other half of the house is covered in a mesmerizing forest of vertical gardens and green roofs. That greenery pulls double duty, not only insulating the house from the hot sun and reducing the need for air conditioning, but also helping the two-story structure blend into the landscape. Like the exterior, the interiors are organic and muted, with pops of color for verve. Low-slung furnishings give a nod to the midcentury era that sparked the architecture.

Resort-inspired pools appear carved out of gray granite. Photography by Roland Halbe.

The families so love their new (not to mention award-winning) vacation home that they have decided to give their city homes a similar easy-breezy makeover, trading traditional tropes for contemporary forms. Needless to say Ezequiel Farca and Cristina Grappin are both onboard.

Project Team: Fernanda De La Mora; Alejandra Díaz De León; Angelique Bidet; Michaela Stachová. General Contractor: Syasa Mexico.

This story originally appeared in Interior Design’s Best of Residential book.

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