River House

A mirror of nature Architeture

Designed by Luciano Gerbisky Arquitectos, the River House is a mirror of the surrounding nature, built on piece of land filled with woods, next to the river. Located in Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, in Mexico, the 1200-sqm property is defined by two volumes – one social and the other private –, which are divided by an artificial river, fed from a natural river that borders the land, and built with steel beams, that allow wide spaces without columns, large windows and double height ceilings.
The façade is lined with quartz stone cladding. Black glazed tiles have been used on the roof, alamo wood on the railings and the windows are made of black aluminium.
In the social area we find the underground wine cellar, made of natural stone, treated wood panels and aged bronze barrels. This is where more than 400 bottles of wine are stored. Right next door is the multimedia room, with a coffee table made of Petra stone and steel pieces, and the integrated bar.
In the access to the living and dining room is a fireplace shared between rooms that runs along the guide wall that leads to the inner room. This space is home to a large Alebrije bull, made by Jacobo and María Ángeles, two octogenarian artisans.
The interior kitchen is made of natural woods such as parota, and natural stone cladding and is separated from the dining room by a trellis made up of wooden pieces hanging from steel chains, which fall from the 6-metre-high ceiling. The breakfast area is composed of glass panels that connect the inside and outside, providing natural light during the day. The entire ceiling of the house is clad in alamo wood, and the floor is made of heated burnt oak. Two horseshoe chandeliers falling through all levels of the home give an exquisite touch to the décor.  On the terrace is the open-air dining room with seating for 14 people and a fully equipped kitchen with a handcrafted stone oven, Viking grill and Argentinian barbecue. The kitchen, covered with a semi-glazed roof, offers views to the pool and Jacuzzi. The decks in this part of the house are made of comaru wood. The lounge features waterproof, treated leather fabrics and a bioethanol fireplace that also serves as a table. The private area consists of five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and own balcony
The master suite has the largest balcony with a glass floor to extend the view. Each room has exclusive design furniture and fabrics. The headboards combine pine wood treated with a technique called burnt Charrot Wood, with an aged grey finish and leather covered walls. The bathrooms are clad in black granite marble with white ceramic details; the taps are in matte black and the cabinets are in black wood and details in aged bronze and leather.  On the ground floor is the spa with sauna, hammam, baths and massage rooms. River House has a wastewater treatment system that recovers used water for irrigation; the wood used is from reforestation; it has automated lighting, IP cameras, heating and is a smart home.
Maria Cruz
T. Maria Cruz
P. Héctor Velazco Facio / José Margaleff
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