Located on the Zapotengo coast in Oaxaca, Mexico, Espacio 18 Arquitectura’s “La Casa del Sapo” house looks imposing from the outside made of bold concrete volumes. But the design hides tranquility for those who move through the stark facade.
The house is inspired by writer Henry David Thoreau’s cabin that he built for himself in Walden Pond, Massachusetts. He chose function over extravagance, opting for a minimalist setting that responds to life’s necessities.
That inspiration is what led to concrete used throughout La Casa del Sapo, including the walls, floors, shelving, and other interior furnishings. Shades and windows made from wood add natural elements and warmth to the space, while also helping to frame the natural topography.
The minimal design is intended to enhance the sweeping coastal views and provide the ultimate setting for gatherings, rest, and reflection.