Modern home in Mexican plateau revives ancient water harvest

  • Published: 10 February 2019
  • 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:

    Drone footage:
    Inside cenote: Kaveh Kavoosi
    Cenote wide shots:
    Tepozteco pyramid:

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Comments • 707

  • France2107
    France2107  2 months back

    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.

    • M B
      M B  16 hours back

      France2107 at some point the city here made it illegal to access and maintain your own water (well). Early 1900s

    • Philip Rodriguez
      Philip Rodriguez  7 days back

      exactly being from Michigan that's something that infuriates me about states like Arizona and Cali taking water from the great lakes but also wasting it for plants that aren't even native to those environments.

    • Esports Anime Station
      Esports Anime Station  1 weeks back

      Agreed also most boomer democrats and republicans in power don't want to rebuild are crumbling infrastructure.

    • poison water
      poison water  2 weeks back

      Even the poorest among us are extravagantly wasteful when it comes to natural resources and industries wastes the rest!

  • Carstella Moore
    Carstella Moore  1 hours back


    • Sonali Wagh
      Sonali Wagh  1 days back

      LAND of Enchantments, home where Nature lives

      • SINISTER 666
        SINISTER 666  2 days back

        That's one of the coolest things ever, bbq is hot, beer is cold and the joint is lit..... if it was my party!

        • Jp Mcpinning
          Jp Mcpinning  2 days back

          This might be my favorite house you have recorded and I have seen A LOT of them!!!! :) Always Great Videos

          • Sameer Thapa
            Sameer Thapa  2 days back

            True lover of nature

            • Andi Project
              Andi Project  3 days back

              Sungguh mewah.. Semoga tahun 2020 bisa terwujud. Aamiin..
              semoga yang mengaminkan di beri rumah yang sama megahnya..

              • Nia RT
                Nia RT  4 days back

                Where is it?

                • Teacher Science
                  Teacher Science  5 days back

                  Felicidades al señor!! Amamos Mexico!!! Congratulations for this man! We love Mexico!!

                  • justgivemethetruth
                    justgivemethetruth  6 days back

                    This is the part of Mexico that has creepy crawly bugs as big as birds that sound like helicopters. ;-)

                    • Eric Wright
                      Eric Wright  6 days back

                      Just drill a well

                      • Medardo Cortez
                        Medardo Cortez  6 days back

                        Best house I'd seen with good water recycling and water treatment program..Very brilliant Sir..

                        • Green Giant
                          Green Giant  7 days back

                          Anyone else who doesn’t like this house?

                          • Green Giant
                            Green Giant  7 days back

                            Man: “This wood here is so we don’t step on the roof, to keep it clean so we can use the water.”
                            Kirsten: [Proceeds to step off wood.]

                            • oliver villamar
                              oliver villamar  7 days back

                              Please not for fucking Americans...

                              • Rowan Jones
                                Rowan Jones  1 weeks back

                                besides this house being absolutely beautiful... the water capture/recapture/filtration system is AMAZING

                                • Bruno Martins
                                  Bruno Martins  1 weeks back

                                  Gracias. Desde Brasil.

                                  • Leonardo Herrera
                                    Leonardo Herrera  1 weeks back

                                    Un paraíso preciosa casa lindos paisajes

                                    • CharlieHipHop
                                      CharlieHipHop  1 weeks back

                                      Mexico will pay for the wall to keep the gringos out.

                                      • Green Giant
                                        Green Giant  7 days back

                                        Yeah, ‘cause the gringos are ruining your culture and economy. You should protect yourself by refusing to use the gringos internet.

                                    • Medicina Integral nutrición y cannabis

                                      Thanks for loving my country. All the world is amazing. God give us incredible things in our world.

                                      • Cathy Baby
                                        Cathy Baby  2 weeks back


                                        • Ana Farias
                                          Ana Farias  2 weeks back

                                          Love your videos and especially the way you film.
                                          In this house i would like to have only organic or at least eco-friendly products, from the materials to the hands washer.

                                          • Joy's Front Porch
                                            Joy's Front Porch  2 weeks back

                                            Much love and appreciation to all for honoring Our Planet!!

                                            • BigJim JIMRO
                                              BigJim JIMRO  2 weeks back

                                              This house is a water purification hub.

                                              • nsesma
                                                nsesma  2 weeks back

                                                Me pregunto si es seguro vivir aquí por que, se ve hermosa, pero una casa en México sin rejas o muros me pone muy nerviosa, sin importar la locación

                                                • David Huynh
                                                  David Huynh  2 weeks back

                                                  what do yall eat tho? no farming what??

                                                  • Lucho Luengo
                                                    Lucho Luengo  2 weeks back

                                                    Solo habló del agua y no mostró nada interesante del entorno

                                                    • Tommy Michalski
                                                      Tommy Michalski  2 weeks back

                                                      perfect for a horror movie

                                                      • My Ego Likes Tacos
                                                        My Ego Likes Tacos  2 weeks back

                                                        Qué bonita casa me gusta mucho el uso de la roca

                                                        • Sonia S.
                                                          Sonia S.  3 weeks back

                                                          This is not ecologic way of life, THIS IS DESTRUCTION. the forest doesn't need a house like this one, if you really want to know what its ecologic go to the Amazon, los paramos Colombia and so on how indigenous people really take care the water and the environment, They like in little house and take care the rest. They destroy our territory with and extend square meters of concreate then if you see hi (the owner) isn't indigenous but they go in to built a Garbage in places like this, so what's new?? whay he dose't do it in the city???? change the City that will be fantastic, but don't come to our forest to show un how to clean the water, and so on, don't come to destroy our towns. (for the owner of this garbage"house") the way of live of Scandinavian people its an example but not this.

                                                          • eioj tasogare
                                                            eioj tasogare  3 weeks back


                                                            • talento
                                                              talento  3 weeks back

                                                              accesar? acceder!

                                                              • Monika Mor
                                                                Monika Mor  3 weeks back

                                                                Mi vida Millennial voy ahorrar para pagar este ecosistema de agua 💦

                                                                • RexRekts
                                                                  RexRekts  3 weeks back

                                                                  This house would definitely be robbed and vandalized if it was in the public’s reach

                                                                  • Beleszove Foldlanya
                                                                    Beleszove Foldlanya  3 weeks back

                                                                    surprised they are using Dove soap instead of something natural.

                                                                    • Baregil de Gomcesval
                                                                      Baregil de Gomcesval  3 weeks back

                                                                      It pops out like a wart in the spotless face of the natural setting that surrounds the house in the middle of nowhere.
                                                                      I don't want to know how much they had to pay to connect to the electric grid, because the energy wires don't go up to the forest. Also, the water filtering infrastructure and equipment, to catch the rain and then treat it, must have been quite expensive, not to mention the maintenance cost associated.

                                                                      They have qualms about using chlorine to treat the water of the pool, yet, using chlorine is the least expensive way to keep the water transparently clean. I have a pool that has no drain at the bottom and no filtering or cleaning equipment; nothing but a pair of hollow, floating, cute plastic toys, with a chlorine tablet inside, that slowly melts while moving randomly around the surface. The water is pristine clear and ever since we filled the pool, it has never been replaced, only refilled, due to evaporation. When not in use, we cover the pool with a tarpaulin, to keep it clean from insects, leaves and dust, and we always shower before entering it and don't put on sun blocking creams.

                                                                      This type of eco-property is definitively a rich peoples whim and the ones that end up enjoying it is the keepers.

                                                                      Owning a construction like this reminds me of an anecdote that reveals the cost of having an eco-friendly place. After the India's independence, the new Indian government set up tours to show Gandhi's eco-Ashram to the visiting dignitaries and members of the accredited ambassadorial staff. In one occasion one of the visitors said to the guide how extraordinary it was Gandhi's rural life, seated on a straw mat, moving his spinning wheel in the stark simplicity of his poverty. Full of irony and wit, the guide retorted that the Indian government had to spend a big amount each month to keep the place running, so that Gandhi could live out his 'poverty' for the world to see.

                                                                      • louis hart
                                                                        louis hart  3 weeks back


                                                                        • Gill T
                                                                          Gill T  3 weeks back

                                                                          {@ or about 11:00} Like Erma Bombeck always said, " the grass is always greener over the septic tank".

                                                                          • vv n
                                                                            vv n  3 weeks back

                                                                            Wow fantastic

                                                                            • sarah keller
                                                                              sarah keller  3 weeks back

                                                                              Love the entire concept, what a great house

                                                                              • 2baSelkie
                                                                                2baSelkie  3 weeks back

                                                                                Wonderful video, so many people do not know, or do not care about saving water.
                                                                                We do everything we can i.e. never brush our teeth in running water. Use the bidet for an all over wash. e.t.c. collect all rainwater and so on.
                                                                                I so hope this video could be seen by everybody that needs to see it ! CONGRATULATIONS :)

                                                                                • Richie Malhotra
                                                                                  Richie Malhotra  4 weeks back

                                                                                  This is on an another level. Oh my my

                                                                                  • Sventt
                                                                                    Sventt  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Amazing Mexico!

                                                                                    • ss7cindersh
                                                                                      ss7cindersh  4 weeks back

                                                                                      only thing i can see to do different is switch out to composting or incinerating toilets to not have to deal with that level of unclean water

                                                                                      • Violetspider
                                                                                        Violetspider  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Unless yo have 5 dogos, have guns and teach your family to use them and alarms 100 metres far surrounding the house i wouldn't recommend to show people where you live and each corner of the house, unless you're a drug lord in which case you already have the things mentioned before.

                                                                                        • Mogul DaMongrel
                                                                                          Mogul DaMongrel  4 weeks back

                                                                                          cant do this in the states, capturing rain waters illegal.

                                                                                          • Stan Lee
                                                                                            Stan Lee  4 weeks back

                                                                                            nice and open .. and all the bugs come in

                                                                                            • MrMaxhthc
                                                                                              MrMaxhthc  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Awesome video, and awesome exotic house. I would be afraid there of snakes. I also bet that the trees around make a mess in their pool and on the up floor of the house :P