Completed in 2010, House La Punta is a contemporary residential structure organized on three levels and located in Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico. Central de Arquitectura designed the modern home as two rectangular prisms placed one on top of the other, creating an L-shaped floor plan. The ground floor shelters the family room, kitchen, dining space, living room and a deck with BBQ outside – all welcoming spaces with a strong connection to the outside via glass walls. In the basement, a six car garage with a driver room and bathroom stand next to the games room, cellar and technical spaces.
An upper level containing the private rooms pampers inhabitants with a selection of wonderful spaces and views of the surroundings. The master bedroom benefits from a large dressing room and bathroom, while the two twin bedrooms with bath and dresser and fourth bedroom complete the resting spaces this residence has to offer. Besides these private spaces, a living room and small study offer plenty of space for the family to get together and even work from home. By carefully studying the residence’s interiors from the photos below, you can see all the details that make House La Punta a dream home.
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