Situated inside a nature reserve on a landscape-driven development with water self-sufficiency, lies Rain Harvest Home, only two hours from drought-prone Mexico City. The three buildings comprising the home (a residence, a bathhouse, and a studio) each capture rainwater, and are connected to a reservoir and on-site treatment and storage system supplying all of the home’s water year-round. The film is divided in three chapters and focuses on the thresholds throughout the site that enhance the connection between inside and outside, between architecture and environment.

Director – Juan Benavides

Juan Benavides (Monterrey, 1991) works in and around architecture. His work encompasses families of projects, including films, drawings, buildings, collages, photographs, and music—in no particular order of importance. He obtained a Degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Monterrey in 2014. Since graduating, he started a filmmaking practice where he colaborates closely with architects in the production of videos about contemporary architecture. In 2016 he obtained the Young Creators Grant from the National Fund for Culture and The Arts (FONCA). He was awarded the renowned Beca Arq. Marcelo Zambrano to study the post-master program at The Berlage, from which he graduated cum laude in 2021. At present, Juan is based in the Netherlands working on his first documentary film, and teaching at The Berlage in TU Delft.