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Nirau House: Outdoor Living Coupled with Smart, Green Design

When you live in a city where you can enjoy the weather outside almost all year long, it does makes sense to design a home that seamlessly blends the interior with the outdoors. Nestled in a lovely little neighborhood of Mexico City, the Nirau House designed by Paul Cremoux Studio is a wonderful example of a flowing design where the exterior and interior become one. A large wooden deck terrace that sits right outside the open living area becomes the heart of this energy-efficient Mexican home where smart corner windows and sliding glass doors create a fabulous indoor-outdoor interplay.

Large opening turns the living room into an extended outdoor living Nirau House: Outdoor Living Coupled with Smart, Green Design

The lower-level living area of the house seems a lot larger than it really is, as it flows into the outdoor social zone that is surrounded by a blanket of greenery. On the inside one sees a neutral color scheme, with skylights and large windows bringing in an abundance of sunlight, adding to the cheerful ambiance. A sculptural staircase that leads to the top floor is surrounded by a wall of books, with the vertical space on offer being utilized completely.

Street facade of Nirau House in Mexico City

Small living space of the home opens up into the deck outside

Corner windows and balconies create a wonderful outdoor living environment

Tropical plants and natural wall of green offer ample privacy

Natural greenery adds to the appeal of the small, extended deck

Smart use of corner window opens the living room to the yard outside

Large booksehlf turns the staircase wall into an aesthetic and practical addition

Despite its seemingly unassuming appearance, this ingenious home does all it can to keep energy consumption down to a bare minimum, with the architects estimating no more than $15 worth of electricity and natural gas being utilized each month by the homeowners. Cutting back on its carbon footprint by utilizing passive cooling techniques, a rainwater filtering system further enhances the green credentials of this ergonomic residence.

Midcentury decor combined with modern style inside the Mexican home

Plush bluish gray couch in the living room with the dining space in the backdrop

Sliding glass door connects the deck with the living space

Corner window connects the dining room with the backyard

Skylight brings natural light into the modern bathroom

Contemporary bathroom with ample light

Stylish staircase adds to the elegance of the open interior

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