During this time, circumstances allowed him to bring to Puerto Vallarta a new sensibility to its local indigenous “environmental style”, making it less colonial and a more international, with an exciting “open” floorplan.
As preparation for her own house, Barbara Hutton had sent him to Japan to study that county’s elegant historical architecture. He later combined this Japanese sensibility with overstated Mexican craft materials of the area to create the quintessence of the exotic yet elegant romantic villa.
Unfortunately, Casa Cosmos is virtually the last remaining “environmental style” Terrazes house left in Puerto Vallarta. Over the last quarter century, many of the early Puerto Vallarta haciendas were simply torn down and replaced with more ‘predictable” Malibu or Beverly Hills styled architecture, including architect Terrazes’ long gone own spectacular cliff hugging villa and his sisters sprawling villa built on what is still the largest single family beach front lot in the area. By contrast, the new owners of Casa Cosmos during this time sought to modernize their property, not by tearing down, but by continuously updating and expanding inorder to honor and keep its original unique design.