In Residence: Carlos Herrera

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In its ongoing series, NOWNESS tours Carlos Herrera’s weekend getaway

From sprawling coastal Country Clubs and lush resorts to secluded private residences, the Mexican architect Carlos Herrera is known throughout Latin America for his sophisticated approach to contemporary luxury on every scale. His own home in Cuernavaca, some thirty minutes south of Mexico City, is no exception: the expansive, concrete concoction reveals an earthy, elemental kind of modernism with simple, heavy furnishings and endless stretches of travertine and marble.

A self-proclaimed “beige man” who unfailingly turns to neutral tones, Herrera’s aesthetic is at once unwavering and understated, bold in its persistent use of sharp angles, clean lines and weighty materials, gentle in its palette and seamless integration into surrounding landscapes. “This is a place for weekends, few people live here full time,” says Herrera of the neighborhood. “There were a lot of foreigners in the 60s and 70s who lived here because of the fantastic weather, but now it’s more quiet. You entertain, you receive a lot of people – that’s the purpose of this house.”

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