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Arango House

Acapulco, Mexico
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The design of John Lautner's Arango House was inspired in the natural features of the site, the sense of space, ocean and sky. John Lautner created this house in combination with Helena Arahuete.

This icon of mid century modern space age organic architecture was created in 1973. This fabulous modern house is located in Acapulco Mexico. It has a whopping floor space: 25,000.00 square feet. The house is in a very steep lot overlooking the Acapulco Bay. The upper floor is a large open terrace surrounded by a cantilevered moat/railing pool that seems to overflow into the ocean below, creating a feeling of infinite space. The moat is wide and deep enough to allow for swimming.

The curved, sloping concrete roof is anchored into the hill at one end, then sweeps over the house and the driveway and returns to the hill at the opposite end. The roof is low on the hill side and high on the Bay side, allowing a great view of the sky and the ocean. The enclosed family room and bedrooms are located in the lower floor, facing the Ocean, with a continuous planter/railing along the edge of the decks.