‘bungalow H’ by Omar López Bautista
Resting on a natural terrace amid the sloping lands of Mexico’s Northern Oaxaca mountains, ‘Bungalow H’ is the latest creation by architect Omar López Bautista. A minimalist and low-maintenance private cabin designed for couples or individuals seeking breaks from the city, the 29 sqm structure appears as a black-coated concrete element surrounded by trees and spectacular vistas. Bautista sealed off the cabin on three sides for privacy and kept only one facade open to the view of the valley and city. Keeping up with a sustainable approach, the architect also left some free space around Bungalow H, making it easier to ‘deplant’ the structure without impacting the surroundings.
images © Omar López Bautista, Marcos Rojas Sosa
minimizing impact on the surrounding landscape
Visually, Omar López Bautista (see more here) opted for a black paint coating to help soften the cabin’s presence within the pristine-like landscape. Furthermore, by reducing the foundation area, ‘Bungalow H’ appears to float a few centimeters above ground, ‘projecting a sense of lightness enhanced at night through perimeter lighting in its lower base and the black color of the walls,’ shares the architect. Complementing the floating effect is the structure’s final geometric shape, showing a box cut diagonally at the front to frame the view to the valley and city properly.
a black-coated concrete cabin nestled in the Mexican highlands
maximizing the off-grid living experience
While minimalist in its geometry and material palette, ‘Bungalow H’ is equipped with all essentials for short stays. Namely, the architect fitted the interiors with a basic living space (kitchen and bedroom) and added a snug outdoor terrace set up as a triangular wooden platform. ‘Due to its temporary space condition, priority is given to the outdoor area and the room,’ adds Bautista. Besides concrete, wood, natural light, and generous glazing converge to elevate the off-grid experience, providing ample comfort and visual calm within the snug cabin design.
minimal materiality for a maximum experience
glazing the front façade to frame the valley and city ahead
concrete, wood, and sunlight mesh together to enhance comfort
nestling ‘Bungalow H’ amid the trees