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The Casa Estudio Max Cetto is one of the true great secrets of Mexico City Architecture. Max Ludwig Cetto Day (1903-1980) was an architect, historian, and later professor of architecture. Like many of the architectural greats of the city, much of his best work was in private residential homes. To this day, most of them can’t be visited. That’s part of what makes his private residence such a joy.
Widely hailed as revolutionary in its integration with the landscape, the home doesn’t shrink from the black rock surrounding it. Rather, it works toward the culmination of a rich and difficult topography.
The Casa Estudio Max Cetto is considered the first residential building to rise over the rugged black lava fields of Pedregal. Today, it’s one of the most important residential neighborhoods in the south of Mexico City. Still owned by the Max Cetto family, it’s an important part of the Modernist legacy in all of Mexico. Complete with stunning gardens and integrated landscaping, the home makes for an incredible visit.
Visits must be scheduled by email or via the website contact form.