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A front view of Casa ZTG in Guadalajara by 1540 Arquitectura

Travertine walls enclose Casa ZTG in Guadalajara by 1540 Arquitectura

Mexican studio 1540 Arquitectura has created an inward-facing home for an older couple that features tall, marble-clad facades with limited openings.

Casa ZTG is located in the metropolitan region of Guadalajara, within the western state of Jalisco. It was built in a private residential area with single-family dwellings.

Exterior of Casa ZTG by 1540 Arquitectura
An opening in the facade reveals a glimpse of a garden

Local office 1540 Arquitectura aimed to create a residence well-suited for its occupants – an older couple.

"The goal was to create a timeless and elegant atmosphere, both in form and in materials, that will reflect the personality and age of the owners," the firm told Dezeen.

Marble walls and pool of Casa ZTG in Guadalajara
A pool of water reflects the marble walls

For a flat site, the firm conceived a 1,200-square-metre building that is roughly rectangular in plan. Exterior walls are made of brick and are covered with Roman travertine marble.

The front elevation consists of a tall, opaque wall that is lined with an L-shaped reflecting pool. In a lower corner of the facade, a rectangular opening provides access to the interior and offers a glimpse of a lush garden.

Travertine walls and art inside Casa ZTG by 1540 Arquitectura
Travertine walls continue inside the house

Similar to the street-facing elevation, the home's side walls have a limited number of apertures. The architects decided to create an "introverted" home due to the lacklustre surroundings.

"It is located in a private cloister that does not offer any interesting views to the outside, only the facades of the neighbouring houses," the architects said, adding that limited glazing also mitigates solar heat gain.

Garden of Casa ZTG in Guadalajara by 1540 Arquitectura
Corridors wrap an interior garden planted with trees

The home has three levels, one of which is below ground.

In the front half of the main floor, lofty corridors wrap around the verdant garden. Arrayed along these hallways are a kitchen, a living room, a formal dining area, a small office and a master suite.

Interior corridor of marble-clad house in Mexico
The house is arranged over three levels

Retractable glass walls provide seamless access to the backyard, which features a terrace, swimming pool and hot tub.

On the upper level, the team placed three bedrooms and a lounge. The basement holds a garage for the owners' car collection, service areas, and a sauna and steam room.

Verde Alpi marble in living room of Casa ZTG
A block of green marble serves as a room divider

Refined, earthy materials are found throughout the residence, including European oak for floors, wall panelling and ceilings.

In the public zone, Verde Apli marble was used to create a chunky partition between the living room and formal dining area.

Grey marble in the bedroom of a house in Mexico
Grey marble forms a wall between the bedroom and the bathhroom

Marble was also used in the master suite. In this case, grey arabescato marble forms a wall behind the bed, which separates the sleeping area from the bathroom.

In the dressing area, panels are wrapped with natural leather in a greenish hue.

"In both the architecture and furniture, we decided to use a selection of materials, shapes and details that possess timeless sensorial, physical and aesthetic characteristics," the team said.

Bathroom in Casa ZTG by 1540 Arquitectura
The grey marble is visible in the en-suite bathroom

Established in 2015, design firm 1540 Arquitectura has created a number of projects in its home state of Jalisco, which is partly bordered by the Pacific Ocean, including an event space and cellar at a tequila distillery, where the architects used materials such as wood, steel and local stone.

Photography is by César Béjar.

More images and plans

Plans for Casa ZTG by 1540 Arquitectura
Lower ground floor plans
Plans for Casa ZTG by 1540 Arquitectura
Ground floor plan
Plans for Casa ZTG by 1540 Arquitectura
First floor plan