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Casa Lila Home Architecture Mexico City.

Casa Lila Home Architecture Mexico City.

Casa Lila Home Architecture Mexico City.

Casa Lila Home Architecture Mexico City. The House is also known as the Glass House and consists of two structures: A three level house designed and built first about 30 years ago by Jerry Jacobs Design (AKA Arq. Gerardo Jacobs, CAM) and a separate studio, or Guest House. The studio structure is over 100 years old and restored and updated.

A classic minimalist contemporary Townhouse.

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This Blog talks about:

  • The Architecture and Interior Design of the House.
  • Casa Lila Home Architecture Mexico City. New Guest House or Studio in progress.
  • Restaurants, Museums and activities in Mexico City (La CDMX) near Casa Lila. Please update if you visit.

Casa Lila Home Architecture Mexico City.

Mexico City now called”La Ciudad de México” or CDMX. It is also now a “State” with a Governor, not a 25M people City?

When a City is so large, also now a state in its own, with many Cities, some larger than others. Our Home and Studio-Offices are located in La Delegación Alvaro Oregon, or the City of AO. Chimalistac* . Located in San Angel on the border with better Internationally known Coyoacan, main colonial surrounding villages. Most noteworthy nearby is Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s own home and Museum. Similarly is the Bazar Sabado. Certainly the best place in CDMX to spend a full Saturday and because there are so many activities near by as well.

Luis Barragan 1902-1998. While Barragan produced a relatively small amount of work, his work was certainly important both for Mexican Architecture and World Architecture. For that reason he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Award. The term Minimalism, and Minimalist Architecture, were hardly heard  before his work. Simple and clean forms accentuated by bold colors. As a result Mexico’s Architecture in the 20th. century became better recognized. Hence and influence in the Architecture of the country and world wide. We could also mention my friend and architect Ricardo Legorreta†, certainly one on L. Barragan’s most successful followers.

My sister Patricia Jacobs† and her husband Luis Rionda, called Luis Barragan and asked him to do their home, while I was a teenager. Probably because he was already to famous he designated one of two of his associates Andres Casillas. The other associate of Barragan was Ricardo Legorreta†. As a result, I learned the style as I was growing up.

Less is More.

I consider myself a minimalist, in that I believe in synthesising. That is achieving a look intended with the minimum composition resources. While it sounds simple it is actually rather difficult. Because you try to do a lot with a little. Similarly it is like doing a lot with a small budget. Given that in this case the style and use of materials was regionalist it made sense to use local materials and technics to achieve my design goals.

Mies van der Rohe. 1886-1969.

It was actually Mies who coined the term “Less is More”. While his architecture was much more sumptuous in the use of materials, a European by birth and a Master in Chicago. Mies also said God is in the detail. While this is also true minimalist architecture in Mexico, perhaps paid less attention to detail then to Color.


Most architects like myself brought up in Mexico City, where modernists influenced by the Bauhaus traditions. Le Courbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, among other master of architecture of the XX century.

Casa Lila.

Because my lot (33′ wide by at the time 66′ deep) was next to my sisters home, I also thought there should also be some consistency. Hers was orange, therefore my would be Lilac. Most work by Andres casillas was orange, he must have fallen in love with Rome, and why not. Even more color in Casa Lila’s case was based on the site, due to the fact that we had Jacaranda trees which produce a Lilac flower. Therefore mine would be Lilac.

Minimalism is timeless.

Simplicity is not a virtue if it is not complicated within. Probably a phrase by Oscar Wilde. Seems like it was yesterday but I designed Casa Lila in the early 1980’s.


Finally Glass perhaps my favorite surface. Smooth and transparent while transmitting light, and bringing the outdoors in.

The neighborhood. Fountain at the street corner (corner house by Mexican Architect Caco Parra).

The neighborhood. Google Chimalistac. You will find numerous links.

Our church San Sebastian Mártir* is beautiful, small and famous. Other notable churches are El Carmen on Revolución corner of Av. De la Paz(restaurants), and San Jacinto(Near Bazar Sábado).

Our Home and Studio compound in Chimalistac, CDMX.  While currently it  for “SALE” for someone else to enjoy.

House seen from the garden. South Elevation. Architecture by Jerry Jacobs Design.

Casa Lila home architecture mexico city

Casa Lila home architecture. Dining room facing backyard-plaza.

Architecture home Glass house CDMX

casa lila home architecture. glass townhouse design jerry jacobs

Casa Lila home architecture. Living area split level glass front an slanted top.

Glass FireplaceCasa Lila. Glass surrounded fireplace. The system heats the entire house through the split level system.

Metal staircse

Casa Lila home architecture. The Studio Guest House at La Casa Lila. Under completion.

Studio or Guest House Plaza elevation. Design and completed. Plaza in volcanic stone tile.

It turna out thew most attractive feature now is a separate office, with a direct street entrance.

Upon my dear mother’s death, my lot grew in depth to twice the lenght, or about 135′. At the back there was an 120 year old home where I was actually born, and I was able to start remodeling, while salvaging some elements of its original architecture, such as some of the floors.
Penthouse Design Jerry JacobsIMG_092251 Guest H.Plaza.

We hope to open our showroom and local office here in the Studio or Guest House.

Casa Lila.


Links and sources for the Architecture of the House.

Home Portfolio


Restaurants, Museums and activities in Mexico City (La CDMX). Most near Casa Lila.

The house in Chimalistac, San Angel is 8 minutes walking to the subway and a Walmart, and 10 minutes to at least 25 restaurants in a single block, we list them below for you at the end of the page. Please retrofit your input would be much appreciated.  Provide us if you can your selections, and comments so we can share them with others too.

30 Restaurants. In one Block, Avenida de la Paz, between Insurgentes and Revolution, in Mexico City.

Restaurants in the area, 5-10 minutes walking distance. We have only visited those with stars. We will try to update the list. If you are a reader and can help update in this area, it would be much appreciated.

North side of Avenida de la Paz from Insurgentes to Revolucion. Counted last 15 (We have tried 6)

  • Montejo. Excellent Yucatan food. *** Av. De la Paz #126. 5550-1366, 5550-0543. Try the Ceviche..
  • Bistro Mosaico. Nice Sunday Brunch**Just changed its name and is even better.
  • Puerto Madero. Fish and Steak House. Argentinian style***
  • El Cardenal. ****. Best Mexican food in Town. Another one downtown at the Alameda.
  • Central de Brazil. Churrascaria. *** Av. De la Paz #48, 5550-1307. Nice bufei and meats.
  • Tratatoria Casa Nuova. Italian. ** Always good.

South side of Avenida de la Paz from Insurgentes to Revolucion. We last counted 16 (We have tried 8)*

  • Sanborns San Angel. A mexican Classic open-end for over 50 years.
  • La Miglione Experienzia. Opening soon.
  • Clunis** French Bistro. Has been there for years. Indoor and terrace. Very reliable and inexpensive.
  • Tios.* Av. de la Paz #57. 5550-0000; 5550-3071.
  • Flippin Pizza. New York Style. Av. De la Paz #57. Home delivery. 6268-8015
  • Punta Arena. Sea Food.*
  • Escorial.* Spanish food. Paella and so on.
  • Churreria El Convento. (Churros. Sugar pastries long). An old classic, has been there since I was a kid.… Actually on revolución at the end of the Street.

Other Notable restaurants not on Avenida de la Paz, but nearby.

  • On Saturdays only. Bazar Sabado. Numerous craft shops around old home interiors, also from Thursday through Sunday.. some are open though the best day to be there is on Saturday. Several restaurants.*
  • Always for Lunch or Dinner. Famous Restaurante San Angel Inn. On avenida Alta Vista at the top. Reservations recommended. Nice outdoor too.***
  • Taqueria. La Lechusa. On Miguel Angel de Quevedo or Taxqueña. Walking distance.*
  • Tamales. Flor de Liz since 1926 Best reputation in the City, several branches. Flor de Liz. Sucursal Coyoacan 5554-0057; 5554-9433. Gamma 1, esquina con Miguel Angel de Quevedo


Museums in Mexico City. They say that Mexico City has more museums than anywhere else. Very few other cities can make similar claims.

Our home is located near the UNAM grounds. 1500 acre campus. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (my Alma Mater). Chimalistac is between both Coyoacan and San Angel which have numerous Colonial Museums.

  • MUAC.The Museum of contemporary Art at UNAM is very nice and has good exhibitions.
  • Frida Kahlo and former home and Museum in Coyoacan.
  • In San Angel closer to the house is El Museo del Carmen, which includes mommies, and many Colonial monuments in both San Angel and Coyoacan Cities. As well as our XVI-XVII C. Chimalistc Monuments. San Sebastian Church, El Secreto Pavilion

Not nearby. Museums In New Polanco

  • Jumex. Largest private collection of Latin American Modern Art.
  • Soumaya. Carlos Slim’s Rodin’s largest collection, and others. Large Tamayo Pieces.


Please note we only provide the links as a reference, and have not checked details, nor do we endorse the services and places listed.

From 2017.


 Thank you to my clients. I tremendously enjoyed the process.

Thank you for visiting!

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Recent Comments
  • Anita Colina says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

  • Melissa says:

    We recently stayed at La Casa Lila and had an amazing time. It’s a beautiful space, located in a charming neighborhood just a short walk from all the sites. Would definitely stay here again!

    • admin says:

      Melissa, Thank you so much for your kind remark and for your stay. We hope you return soon. We are constantly upgrading services… trying our best. Do keep us in mind for your next stay. Thanks, Jerry

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