Casa Etérea is an off-grid hideaway for two by Mexico-based Singaporean writer and designer Prashant Asoka. This home and vacation spot blends in with the mountainous landscape of central Mexico with its mirrored facade. Precisely in the heart of Mexico, not far from the city of San Miguel de Allende, the mountains of Los Picachos hide within the extinct volcano Palo Huérfano. The house clings to its steep slope, barely protruding from the landscape at first glance.
This 75 square meter residence utilizes all natural energy such as sunlight, water supply from rainwater, and uses a patterned ultraviolet coating on the mirror which makes it visible to birds while still reflecting light to the human eye. According to Ashoka, “His vision is to create a theater with nature, so sustainability is essential in achieving a truly complete integration with the environment”.
An elusive hideaway, this house is decorated with mirrors that reflect the surroundings to infinity. At the end of the day, the golden clock slowly gave way to the starry sky on the glass wall. A dream that designers have always imagined of a home isolated from the world and responsible for the environment. Driven by a desire to build his own home, Ashoka was inspired by the emotional architecture invented by Mexican Luis Barragán and sculptor Mathias Goéritz to design a project that fully integrates with his surroundings.
Rather than having to work with an architect, Ashoka consulted with local engineers and craftsmen to determine the structure of the building, which is mostly made of volcanic rock. As a result, the house sits on a V-shaped gorge behind the garden, the two main square volumes tilted at 120 degrees. Created without partitions, Casa Etérea consists of large rooms overlooking the majestic cliffs, furnished terraces and a swimming pool heated by solar energy. To support comfort, the copper bath tub in the bedroom is intentionally facing outwards. Quiet place for a couple’s hideaway.