Nestled in a picturesque valley in Monterrey, Mexico, facing a golf course with expansive views of nearby mountains, M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herradura embodies luxury to the max. The creative indoor-outdoor design, crafted by local architectural firm, Bolivar Arquitectos, is sleek and minimal, accentuated by clever contours and unexpected material choices, which help make the 17,600-square foot, single-family home extraordinary.
The most striking design aspect, the facade, is clad in almost 13,000 square feet of gray, quartzite-effect porcelain tiles from Provenza’s Q-Stone collection, which has a jagged silhouette that mimics the topography of the surrounding mountains. “The house has two main facades: one facing the street and the second one toward the golf course, which happens to be the largest one. The one facing the street is not too long, so we wanted to give some formal remarks, and considering the surrounding mountains, we worked on both sides,” said Mario Bolivar, founder of Bolivar Arquitectos in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. “On the left side, there is a wall that separates the pavilion from the street; there is not an indoor area on the other side of this wall, so we deconstructed this part of the wall to resemble the mountains. In the upper right side of the house, the deconstructed area was designed to achieve an equilibrium of the whole facade.”
To create the incredibly unique design, Bolivar utilized the tiles from Q-Stone in the “Opus” format, a designated pattern from Provenza that is composed of five different sizes. “Usually you install this material horizontally, but you can do it vertically as well,” Bolivar said. “In the situation of the polyhydric faces of the facade, we installed the material in different directions. However, what is great about Q-Stone is that once installed, you cannot even see the joints.”
Around 85% of the exterior was clad in the Q-Stone tiles in a matte finish, according to Bolivar. “What is important for us is to give a clear statement in our architecture,” he explained. “In my opinion, mixing too many different materials in one project is not the best idea. Mostly, we chose one material as the rector element, which in this case was the Q-Stone in ‘Grey’ in a matte finish, which happens to be the most neutral of all colors, since you can move from a cold to warm palette.”
Matching tiles from the Q-Stone collection were also carried to the backyard terrace and pool area, and a 30- x 30-cm (11 13/16- x 11 13/16-inch) mosaic in a lappato finish adorns the walls of an ellipse-shaped guest bathroom indoors.
For the exterior elements that weren’t clad in Q-Stone, a high-pressure laminate (HPL) plate in a brown color was used, which was manufactured by Trespa International BV in Weert, the Netherlands. “We used Trespa as a complementary and contrasting material,” Bolivar said of the material, which was used for some walls, the trim board and outdoor ceiling of the backyard terrace.
In keeping with the muted, monochromatic color palette, the architect used gray marble-like and stone-effect tiles from Florim Ceramiche’s I Marmi di Rex collection to cover the floors and walls throughout the interior spaces. “We worked with Casa Dolce casa – Casamood’s Stones & More 2.0 collection in ‘Stone burl gray’ and ‘Stone burl white’ in different sizes and in glossy and matte finishes, as well as Florim Ceramiche’s I Marmi di Rex collection in ‘Marble gray’ in a shiny [polished] finish,” Bolivar said.
All of the tile was supplied directly from agents of Emilgroup and Florim Ceramiche in Mexico.
“We used tiles in almost 95% of the house, which is very rare in my country,” Bolivar said of the three-story masterpiece. “Architects and homeowners in Mexico are more likely to use natural stone in these kinds of high-end residences. We used some natural stone like marble and quartzite on some countertops in the kitchen and for all of the vanities in the bathrooms.”
With two and a half years of design before construction began, some challenges were encountered along the way, which were ultimately overcome. “One of the biggest challenges was that the neighborhood where the house is located was in the process of changing its design code from the only Mexican inclined roof style to accepting contemporary flat roof designs,” the architect said. “We started the design, and just before starting the construction, we got the permission.
“The second biggest challenge was the design of the helicoidal stairs [spiral, helix-shaped] that connects the three levels of the house,” he added. “It took us a great amount of time to build it.”
The helical shape gives the staircase an impression of lightness, elegance and unparalleled simplicity, making it unique in natural essence.
Throughout the entire process, Bolivar’s team was onsite constantly to ensure the design was being executed as planned. “There was a team from our office there during the design phase, with one man who was in charge of supervising the entire house,” Bolivar said. “Personally, I was very involved in the construction phase, with regular visits to the site.”
Since the home’s completion, it has received great praise from the homeowners and visitors alike. “The homeowners are very happy with the final result and they have received many compliments from friends, and that for us architects is very rewarding,” Bolivar said.
The home also received the “residential” award from the 2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition.
M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herradura
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Architect: Bolivar Arquitectos, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Tile Suppliers: Emilgroup, Mexico (Provenza’s Q-Stone collection and Casa dolce casa – Casamood’s Stones & More 2.0 collection); Florim Ceramiche, Mexico (I Marmi di Rex)