An exceptionally large lot in the south end of Mexico City had to be renovated from top to bottom. For many years the 14,148 sq.ft. home had been used as a school and now would be used to house an extended family. The grandparents would reside on the ground level, and their daughter, husband and three children on the first floor.
The 1.1 acre garden would showcase several sculptures, have a 41' long lap pool, a small gym with bathroom, a sun room/nursery for the grandmother and a 2 vehicle exhibit space for the grandfather's antique cars.
areté's proposal was to create exterior rooms delimitated by very tall hedges of Japanese Yew (Podocarpus macrophyllus) accentuated by annual and perennial red flowering plants: Crape Myrtles, Camellias, Impatiens and Poinsettias. These "rooms" would house the various sculptures and separate the private areas from the more public ones, e.g. the pool/gym area from the entrance to the house. By compartmentalizing the garden the path would lead the visitor to discover new spaces and sensations whilst walking from one area to another.