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(Continued from page 52) Etérea rises from the mountainside, its exterior blending seamlessly with its surroundings while absorbing and reflecting the constantly changing l i g h t . To p r o t e c t native birds, a special patterned ultraviolet coating was designed for the exterior glass panels to make them reflective to humans yet visible to birds. In keeping its promise of sustainability and a small environmental footprint, the dwelling is powered entirely from solar energy. And, it's the sun that helps create a near-constant state of transformation, with the reflective panels changing appearance dramatically as day moves to night. Taking inspiration from famed Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán, particularly his use of low forms and right angles, A s h o k a i n c o r p o r a t e d light and shadow into the design so they appear to be structural elements. His open-planned concept merges two rectilinear volumes that create a V-shaped intersection — similar to the staggering ravine visible from the exposed glass shower while the central living space and bedroom make use of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to frame vistas of the towering cliffs. These connect with a decked patio and pool area shaded by olive and pomegranate trees. Inside, exposed ceiling beams and concrete walls celebrate the construction process, while a material palate of jute, leather, wood, and stone continues the natural aesthetic. Furnishings include a statement copper bathtub beside the bed and vintage Chinese pottery that all add to the layered experience. When asked what it means to him to realize such an inspirational project, Ashouk explained it best: "The challenge of building on such a rugged landscape was truly a life- changing experience. I hope for guests to experience a strong connection to nature, and to find stillness while contemplating our role as stewards in the preservation of our natural ecosystems." Prashant Ashoka Casa Etérea is available to book for up to two people through Instagram @casa_eterea; $358 per night, with a two-day minimum.

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