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Modern home in Mexican plateau revives ancient water harvest

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In the slope of Tepozteco mountain, Meztitla (Náhuatl for “place near the moon”), Casa Meztitla is in a never ending relationship with nature, harvesting/filtering water the way it was done in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Surrounded by subtropical rainforest that remains untouched, its inhabitants believe that what the land gives should be returned to the property. In an area with no public water supply and a rainy season that lasts only from July through September/October, the home uses only the water it can capture and reuse from the property. Water flows through an intricate system of filtration. Two main (or three including the pool) water reservoirs exist: the potable water reservoir covered by the grass patio, and the open-air reservoir (using aquatic plants, fish and a pump) for irrigation which resembles “cenotes”, open air water sources sacred to Mayans. The water system relies on gravity and can store 30,000 liters; it provides enough water for the house all year round. Conceptually, this storm water management captures every drop of rain that touches the property (3800 square meters), uses it in different ways, and does not let a drop out. The result is abundant water and land that is constantly irrigated in a region with seasonal droughts. EDAA Architects- Luis Arturo García: https://edaa.mx/en/casa-meztitla/ Drone footage: Inside cenote: Kaveh Kavoosi www.spectrums.me/10 Cenote wide shots: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmVA7eirMKFl84J1wZJpLww Tepozteco pyramid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3_Sf8EGDsM On *faircompanies: https://faircompanies.com/videos/modern-home-in-mexican-plateau-revives-ancient-water-harvest/
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France2107 (1 year ago)
Man they have it down pat. No water wasted at all, it can all be used and reused. The rest of the world could take lessons. Especially those western states that are draining their rivers and lakes and doing nothing to renew them.
STONE 023 (3 days ago)
@Champ1 Mexico is part of North America
Some person dot dot dot (6 months ago)
Huh? America is much better at conserving water when compared to 2/3s of the world... Maybe look at China, South America, India, various parts of Africa, Saudia Arabia, etc. for a more appropiate country to give life lessons too. Your comment is pretty off-point.
Champ1 (6 months ago)
@Someone Just Like You South Americans have great knowledge because of their indigenous rich culture.
retrobebop61 (21 hours ago)
Genius!!!
ahdunheved (2 days ago)
🤑🤑🤑 wow dudes seems rich
April Yarbrough (2 days ago)
Mexico is a gorgeous country in so many ways. Can’t get enough
My Favs (2 days ago)
The house is great but I'm thinking of mosquitoes, snakes, other critters getting in my house and then getting closed up for the night with me. Glad to see the cat😺👍. Surprised to see the Dove soap as there are other brands more natural. In southern IL, USA my cousins used a lagoon set up for waste water and all soaps from bath soap to laundry soap to cleaning supplies had to be organic.
vincent7520 (6 days ago)
The living room popping out of the rock (wall) is beautiful. The water system is clever and must be quite cheap after the initial investment. It certainly must be an inspiration to many home builders living in many countries with different climate. But man ! This is Mexico : to own such a house you must be wealthy !… I'm not sure it responds to society's needs. But I guess it wasn't the purpose either…
Roman Alonso (10 days ago)
Now every body loves mexico.hypocrit racist!!!!! Stay in ur country
Constantine (11 days ago)
Nobody praises the engineer who designed the whole rainwater harvesting system?
Jacque Hermosillo (14 days ago)
This house is fantastic! I'm a student studying civil-environmental engineering and designing drinking water plants and designating water reuse is one of my passions in my degree course, and seeing the same principles incorporated into a house. I am still a little worried about potential giardia contamination though, with only UV disinfection in use and possibly a shorter than desired contact time in such a small UV chamber
Paul Lukwago (14 days ago)
I LOVE THIS
CARMEN RUSSO (22 days ago)
MY HUSBAND SAYS VIVA MEXICO!!!!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK & TEACH THE GRINGOS HOW TO SAVE THE PLANET. MUCHO GRACIAS.
CARMEN RUSSO (22 days ago)
I have the same little figures in my house, also the same amount of them. Can you please let me know where you purchased them. Thank You so much.
Von Robinson (29 days ago)
This is amazing, he really should use natural products though, that dove in the bathroom is full of chemicals. Great ideas here!!!
Antonio Hernandez (29 days ago)
Cartel money...
Pinoy Adobo (1 month ago)
This is my type of getaway place one with nature omg 😘😘😘👍👍👍
cine pobre (1 month ago)
could not be more contrived - sad life in a money bubble
Kevin C (1 month ago)
That is living alive !
Judah Samaria (1 month ago)
Great video and home!
##### prashant (1 month ago)
1:34 why not sliding glass panel?? why??????
Sindicato Gamer (1 month ago)
life is really simple if you look correctly ... Those who hate will hate, and lovers will love.
abdul salam (1 month ago)
clever
Bujumi Nodstrom (1 month ago)
overdoing the drone shots
Antonio Romero (1 month ago)
No me gusta esta casa por que mas bien parece una cárcel o un refugio ,es como si en vez abrirse a la naturaleza se escondiera en ella.
Erika Jauregui (1 month ago)
This is a perfect example of water engineering. Kudos to the designers and owners!
The Shaolin Six (2 months ago)
bruh i got so lost with the explaining of the water system
Jay M (2 months ago)
15:50 I only count 23 panels.. tisk tisk.
J Sev (2 months ago)
Why are they using that toxic chemical shampoo? Their home must reek of chemical 'perfume. not intelligent
Jlfitnessmiami (2 months ago)
What a beautiful surrounding
Rogerio Morettini (2 months ago)
!!DALE MEXICO!!!
redrobotmonkey (2 months ago)
Those doors do not seem practical. Nice place of course.
Inna Anja (2 months ago)
😯😯😯😯😯
J Andrés García (3 months ago)
Absolutely lovely. ❤❤ Some mexican contemporary architects are designing homes with ancient materials such as adobe. It would be nice to watch some of those.
Amanda Hyde (3 months ago)
❤️❤️
Rodolfo Spuldaro Tanno (3 months ago)
O México é um país incrível! Lamentavelmente é dominado pelos criminosos e políticos corruptos, assim como o Brasil. Ambos seriam grandes potências se houvesse mais educação e boa vontade do seu povo.
Markus B (3 months ago)
Kid falling was so organic like the place.
Ramona Ray (3 months ago)
When I finish my choza I will invite you to come and check it out.
Ramona Ray (3 months ago)
Esta padre la casa pero falta pinturas!
Lynrick1 (3 months ago)
Omw, so inspired, this video is a blessing.
Jayapullani (3 months ago)
Amazing water system engineering installation at this property, and wonderful how it is integrated into both the property and surrounding environment. Should win a gold medal for the water design. I loved the sympathetic attitudes of the design incorporating and retaining nature all around, a superb location, I could dream of this, and it breathes such health for whoever stays or lives at this place, clean water, no pollution, clean air, spectacular views. It is interesting how the property opens out into the nature, but I feel the doors opening out are rather huge and take up space that way, could get broken more easily, and a folding back doors or sliding doors would be more practical.
Canada (3 months ago)
that is one ugly kitchen
reffoelcnu alouncelal (3 months ago)
I’ve never understood why houses aren’t built like this making the maximum use of rainwater , you would be surprised just how much water is shed from a roof even in a small house . And it’s free . PS. It’s a beautiful house I love those huge doors
Jayapullani (3 months ago)
I guess overall it would be too expensive to install such a system on a mass scale.
5000 Iq MadLad (3 months ago)
Mexico’s is such a beautiful country with amazing people and food that is delicious af. Sad that the crime over their is out of control
Rumpled Trumpskin (3 months ago)
We can help by legalizing illicit drugs and taking the profit motive out of drug trafficking.
Jett Groogle (3 months ago)
¡Maravilloso!
Yldz Yldz (4 months ago)
Qoyil ajoyib jannat ga öhshaydiku. Tushunmasam ham kördim. Ajoyib
Victor Vescovi (4 months ago)
No words, amazing lesson
JayeBird (4 months ago)
How would anyone finance a project like this? Location is vital for a reliable source for rainfall. Brilliant architecture and engineering, a textbook example of a True Greenhouse.
Mark Masi (4 months ago)
Loved this. Just last night finished reading THE OVERSTORY, and this house, this beautiful philosophy, goes right to the heart of it all; Respect nature and it will give you all that you need. I hope many people watch this.
Pankaj Vig (4 months ago)
I have fallen in love with your videos.
Patricia Luna Sol (4 months ago)
Hooo muy bonito y sorprendida ..
Green Cagar (4 months ago)
What a House! What an architect! Absolute classic and peace of Art on Earth. Totally beautiful. Thank you.
R Dufresne (4 months ago)
great place, great surrounding
John Haddad (4 months ago)
Very inspiring! I did wonder how they desalinate the pool water before irrigating with it?
Zfast4you (4 months ago)
ugly house but nice concept
Mr Dee (4 months ago)
I want to build this system
Dung Tran (4 months ago)
The best part is they cut the wall, not the branch 17:15
T DMJ (4 months ago)
This is how we all should live! What a great way to use our natural resources and incorporate it into our lifestyle.
kim kaptwan (5 months ago)
Felicidades que chula casa
Lucho Portuano (5 months ago)
The owners are very very smart. Los dueños de casa son realmente muy inteligentes. Me encantó.
Paula Rodrigues (5 months ago)
Muy hermoso proyecto sostenible. Ha de haber sido mucho trabajo idealizar todo esto. Lo único que siento que le falta es un cuidado de design de interiores. Los muebles son sin chiste.
Angel Morales (5 months ago)
Mire a mi y la casa Armonia a donde se deposita los Elementos Interior y Exterior ke pondria (toda cosa pa salvarme o divesos colores para el reflecto del Sol no kema y ganas
Eulogio Diéguez (5 months ago)
¿Como es que usáis el agua de la piscina para regar si decís que es salada?
arun gowda (5 months ago)
✌️
Jesus Garcia (5 months ago)
Parece una prisión a medio construir.
Toribio SAUCEDO QUINTERO (5 months ago)
Que perrisima casa.en contacto con la naturaleza.ecologica,fresca,y sin estres del ruido de la ciudad.calidad de vida para los dueños.felicidades.
dewa khmer (5 months ago)
nice house we could farm anaconda theres
Mariya Hosokawa (5 months ago)
Nice 👍
Harry Mil Chistes (5 months ago)
Esperó que los dueños sean mexicanos y no un estupido extranjero . Fuera extranjeros de México.
Cindhy (5 months ago)
Best vid ever and such a beautiful and ecological home
Phalair Carter (5 months ago)
I love this 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Katamorphosa (5 months ago)
Woww.. its great. 👌👌👌
Guadalupe Quintero (5 months ago)
El Cazahuate da unas flores blancas muy hermosas y les gusta a los venados 20 años sin ver ur árbol de esos 😯😍😍😍😍 esa casa es un sueño hecho realidad todo hermoso todo 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
TheTawakul (5 months ago)
I love how the project respects the nature and makes the inhabitants live with it in peace and harmony, benefitting both. I wish all houses were built that way. What a blessing to live in such a house!
blue sky (5 months ago)
He's the caretaker of the property and the female in red shirt is my guess.
J Asd (5 months ago)
He is a guardian of nature
J Asd (5 months ago)
This is very very ecologic, more house this please humans
CC P (5 months ago)
Love this house the owners are very conscious of the environment and are not draining the earth of it's natural resources, everything is recycled saving water which pretty soon the way we are destroying this planet water will be more valuable than gold already there are millions of people that are not able to have drinkable water.
Jessica Hicking (5 months ago)
Luv!!
mitooquerer (5 months ago)
Anybody knows the composition of the filters at 6:22?
peter (5 months ago)
Don't you have a screen? I'm scared of all kinds of mosquitoes and bugs.
Spencer Yancey (6 months ago)
Wow.
electroin p.c (6 months ago)
Pero si vas a Guanajuato vas a ver cazahuate por donde quiera.
Canal CueRvuM (6 months ago)
Muy bueno el sistema de aguas y el cuidado y agradecimiento con la naturaleza
Renan Aguilar-Valenzuela (6 months ago)
Now that you are in Mexico, It would be nice to see more work from Tatiana Bilbao. I love her style.
Gabriel Morales (6 months ago)
Señor lindo diseño me vendes la casita
ayotochtli (6 months ago)
Dude what is cazauate, its cohzahuatl, grows the most delicious mushroom I have ever eat...
Monica 77 (6 months ago)
Esta muy bien pensado la reconexion de agua y su utilizacion Felicidades. En cuanto al proyecto arquitectonico estilo barragan, en general se ve un proyecto minimalista: La vista aerea se ve integrado con la naturaleza, pero la vista interior hacia el exterior no me gusto: la sala si la tienen integrada con la naturaleza con la puertas abatibles al jardin, etc. el pasto esta muy pegado a las ventanas por los insectos etc. hubiera puesto un espacio intemedio como un deck para pasar a la area verde. No me gusta que los espacios interiores como recamaras y cocina sean totalmente cuadrados con techos altos, teniendo la vista de la naturaleza hacia arriba, con ese detalle arquitectonico los espacios pierde esa integración total con la naturaleza, haciendo unos cuartos totalmente cerrados. Hay gustos para todos.
Thailand Thailand (6 months ago)
Nice+good. Home
Liset Bernal (6 months ago)
Muy buen sistema de captura de lluvia
Samira Meni (6 months ago)
Awesome 👏🏽
giovanni centino (6 months ago)
omg! I want a house like that but need internet and a pool! love the glass walls
Iluminada Williams (6 months ago)
This is an ECO-FRIENDLY HOUSE 100% SELF-SUFFICIENT! Excellent architectural design. Love it!
JESUS MEDINA PEREZ (6 months ago)
Wow every one must to do it a house like this
Velson Simte (6 months ago)
Beware of king cobras
artemisa art (6 months ago)
Preciosa casa, hermoso pensamiento de los dueños, pero estoy totalmente encontrá en las construcciones en bosques y selvas por más amigables que se han estás.
roberto saol (6 months ago)
Que belleza, mas propietarios como ese, felicidades
iLindahLIFE (6 months ago)
tourism is vile.
Ajay Mehta (6 months ago)
I'm an architect from india and I really appreciate and thank to the owner for water reservation by using excellent method. thanks to the architect also. as the guy say in the last we should give back to nature as it has given us😊👍👌💐
claudia mares (6 months ago)
Excelente casa, debería ser obligatorio captar agua de lluvia y respestar la naturaleza
ivan m chavez (6 months ago)
Sustainability is life; I'm a mexican architect with a master's degree and speciality in sustainability, so I love this kind of houses and bioclimatic design
DrGrinsp00n (6 months ago)
Fuckin amazing build