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 • 414

  • France2107
    France2107  6 days 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.

    • CSXRockford
      CSXRockford  5 days back

      The western states have plenty of water the states of Cali would rather sell the water to greedy farmers that hord it and wastebit on growing crops that get sent overseas. Then the farmers sell the water they pump out of the ground on the water market the state setup at triple what the sold it to the farmer for to begin with. Cali water management is a huge scam that screws the people of the state. Google California water scam.

    • C D
      C D  5 days back

      unfortunately the rest of the world does not purely consist of multimillionairs...
      also what do you think the water in the rivers comes from? surprisingly it´s rain. so when you collect all the rain your rivers will drain in the same way.
      but i´m happy you solved all our water problems by watching a yt vid

    • Raioni
      Raioni  5 days back

      Someone Just Like You I was really expecting that to go in a different direction lmao

    • Someone Just Like You
      Someone Just Like You  5 days back

      France2107 wow way to blast the United States of America. As a true American there is only one thing I can say, your right. Not enough people know what it’s like to live without access to water or the importance of saving it. Though we are better than we were 20 years ago.

  • Anne Bell
    Anne Bell  6 hours back

    I don't know how you find these absolutely lovely "homes". Each unique and one of a kind. This was absolutely a pleasure to watch. Stunning! Thanks Kirsten for another inspirational view!

    • Eric Outram
      Eric Outram  7 hours back

      A lotta time and thought but into building this house
      But what was the total cost in $

      • Eric Outram
        Eric Outram  7 hours back

        No mention of mozzzies

        • Eric Outram
          Eric Outram  7 hours back

          If ya thru enough money at it
          It will work
          Built by poor people,ask him were he got the money

          • CriptoPower
            CriptoPower  7 hours back

            now that is Fluoride Free water!!!!!

            • SoCalFreelance
              SoCalFreelance  8 hours back

              If I lived there the silence would be broken by beautiful opera arias played through a high-end audio system

              • Crazy Daisy
                Crazy Daisy  8 hours back

                Great concept, and i love it. I would need a place cleared for food garden, flowers, etc. that house needs a bit of warmth, funiture, pices, etc.... also, with those doors that open up to nature. That is great...... BUT, there has to be SNAKES, critters that can get in???

                • Marcie Willis
                  Marcie Willis  10 hours back

                  Very cool..Thank you

                  • Fahjah Fajitas
                    Fahjah Fajitas  12 hours back

                    Kirsten, how about you come up with a united states green home that can be built anywhere that is 1200 Sq ft and affordable with sweat equity. 100K or less with out land cost? I would watch and buy that home.

                    • Yasser Fizir
                      Yasser Fizir  13 hours back

                      Of cours pablo's money

                      • roy ramey
                        roy ramey  16 hours back

                        It' a cool environment , but to many outside walls blocking the views.

                        • Going fast
                          Going fast  22 hours back

                          The chupacabra going to run up in there

                          • ortega0221
                            ortega0221  23 hours back

                            Was pissed off for some reason.. then this video calms me right down., Beautiful place :) Kudos to the architect and the owners!

                            • Andy Treichler
                              Andy Treichler  24 hours back

                              Nice water system and a special building in the middle jungle. Bad how things what a secret hideaway for a drug lord from the big city!

                              • John Smith
                                John Smith  1 days back

                                Wow, that is amazing..

                                • Do It Yourself DIY At Home

                                  This is one of the best homes I've seen.  Very environmentally functional and beautiful to live in.

                                  • Leo Abrams
                                    Leo Abrams  1 days back

                                    Wow. Amazing house! Really impressed by this sustainable design, and I watch a LOT of videos on sustainable houses.

                                    • Paul Brown
                                      Paul Brown  1 days back

                                      Damn, that's a butt ugly house.

                                      • Tamas Johancsik
                                        Tamas Johancsik  2 days back

                                        Great topic again!

                                        • meth-lab barbie
                                          meth-lab barbie  2 days back

                                          My life sucks!!

                                          • Cédric Arn
                                            Cédric Arn  2 days back

                                            what if 7 billions peoples build house in deep forest like this stupid human ? STOP KILLING FOREST PLEASE !

                                            • 031doolittle
                                              031doolittle  2 days back

                                              so wonderful i find, i cannot describe ! Mexico is awesom....

                                              • Jeanette Naumiec
                                                Jeanette Naumiec  3 days back

                                                I enjoyed seeing all of the water collection along with their care for the environment. That being said it had too much concrete for me. Yes , I know it’s a warm -hot humid climate .

                                                • Carlos Cabeto
                                                  Carlos Cabeto  3 days back

                                                  Pure Mexican talent; many countries can learn from their design and ingenuity on passive architecture, Lots of respect for what they accomplished with this house. I hope I can see more of this, thank you for sharing.

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                                                    • keith old bean
                                                      keith old bean  3 days back

                                                      The big doors are shit... byefolding doors would have been better ...

                                                      • Michele Lavender
                                                        Michele Lavender  3 days back

                                                        the drain hole,cover was rusty,need to use a different metal.

                                                        • FrnnkEducation
                                                          FrnnkEducation  3 days back

                                                          I'm just noticing.... If it's an African and they use subtitles they include the mispronunciation even in the subtitles as if we are inarticulate. Hey when it's other races like here, even if they are inarticulate in their own language the subtitles are corrected. "No nada" is fixed to "no sound" . Whites in all segments of society globally clearly know who their enemy is. They wage war on all levels

                                                          • Brintin
                                                            Brintin  3 days back

                                                            Whenever we find something beautiful, we turn it into an amusement park. : (

                                                            • Chris Cichocki
                                                              Chris Cichocki  3 days back

                                                              sadly this is way past the affordability of 90+% of households and is hardly Ancient Revival of anything..

                                                              • Roberto Ingenito Iseppato

                                                                Una casa realmente increíble. Sobre todo en lo que respecta al diseño y la tecnología utiliza para la captación, aprovechamiento y reutilización del agua...y cómo han adecuado la vivienda a: el agua, la vegetación y la necesidad de aprovechar los recursos naturales. Una simbiosis perfecta

                                                                • Queila Bento
                                                                  Queila Bento  3 days back


                                                                  • VegasGirl35
                                                                    VegasGirl35  3 days back

                                                                    That house would be filled with bugs if they opened those big glass panel doors.

                                                                    • velia garcia
                                                                      velia garcia  3 days back

                                                                      Any rooms for rent. I’m a single lady, age 70, don’t smoke. Lol

                                                                      • Narita Nippon
                                                                        Narita Nippon  3 days back

                                                                        This experiment is worthwhile,

                                                                        • Narita Nippon
                                                                          Narita Nippon  3 days back

                                                                          Building this cost a fortune?

                                                                          • zelen plav
                                                                            zelen plav  3 days back

                                                                            If you don't eat sweets the mosquitos will not bite you.

                                                                            • Abra Alahouzos
                                                                              Abra Alahouzos  3 days back

                                                                              This is the most amazing video I have ever seen. I could watch this 15 times and still learn something new. What incredible knowledge of the natural world. The way we all should be living.

                                                                              • Vivian Liu
                                                                                Vivian Liu  3 days back

                                                                                can those closed courtyards withstand the monsoon season though? They must get drenched????

                                                                                • Michael Glover
                                                                                  Michael Glover  3 days back

                                                                                  My idea of paradise!!

                                                                                  • OrbisTertiusChannel
                                                                                    OrbisTertiusChannel  3 days back

                                                                                    "Accesar" "La tierra emerja". Así hablan en México???

                                                                                    • OrbisTertiusChannel
                                                                                      OrbisTertiusChannel  3 days back

                                                                                      +Nicolás Boullosa Ok. Slaudos!

                                                                                    • Nicolás Boullosa
                                                                                      Nicolás Boullosa  3 days back

                                                                                      +OrbisTertiusChannel No es un ataque a España. Es mi experiencia. Yo sí soy español. He comentado mi experiencia: la dicción sobre un lugar que he visitado y de una persona con la que he hablado en persona (tú no), y el estado del castellano en España (lugar donde nací y he pasado la mayor parte de la vida). El único ataque condescendiente que hubo aquí es el de quien señala las faltas de otros sin haber siquiera estado allí.

                                                                                    • OrbisTertiusChannel
                                                                                      OrbisTertiusChannel  3 days back

                                                                                      +Nicolás Boullosa No entendí del todo tu comentario. O sea que esta no es la manera de hablar español en méxico? Yo estaba haciendo solamente una pregunta. Tal vez eran maneras de expresarte corrientes. Por otro lado, no entiendo tu ataque a España. Qué tiene que ver España? Y yo ni siquiera soy español.

                                                                                    • Nicolás Boullosa
                                                                                      Nicolás Boullosa  3 days back

                                                                                      OrbisTertiusChannel Algún lapso lo tiene cualquiera. A mí siempre me sorprende la buena dicción en México, más allá del lugar o nivel educativo. No se puede decir lo mismo de España.

                                                                                  • ph sieben
                                                                                    ph sieben  4 days back

                                                                                    What a highly developed system and a really nice house. I'm impressed.

                                                                                    • Jay Q Public
                                                                                      Jay Q Public  4 days back

                                                                                      @ 1:58 -Those are some impressive beams over that open corner.

                                                                                      • Kia O'Hara
                                                                                        Kia O'Hara  4 days back

                                                                                        Did I miss it? Where does the toilet water go? I heard him says to a different chamber but is it part of the water that goes down the canal to the pond or somewhere else?

                                                                                        • Kia O'Hara
                                                                                          Kia O'Hara  4 days back

                                                                                          I would love to live like this. I wander how do they keep the snakes out? Any ideas? I plan to build a home that is mostly open-air but we are planning to have it elevated to keep most creatures out but I would love to have the bottom floor mostly open to back yard as well.

                                                                                          • Steven Perry
                                                                                            Steven Perry  4 days back

                                                                                            Bravo! Que casa.

                                                                                            • Povilas Ghah
                                                                                              Povilas Ghah  4 days back