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Binomio Taller designs Casa Encanto in Merida, Mexico

Project name:
Casa Encanto
Architecture firm:
Binomio Taller
Merida, Mexico
Tamara Uribe
Principal architect:
Maya Ruz, Raquel Rodriguez
Design team:
Maya Ruz, Raquel Rodriguez
Interior design:
Binomio Taller
Built area:
258 m²
Site area:
220 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Aedis Ingenieria
Structural engineer:
Jose Pinto Salum
Environmental & MEP:
Binomio Taller
Binomio Taller
Binomio Taller
Tools used:
AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom
Aedis Ingenieria
Concrete, Pasta Tile, Oak and Cedar (solid and veneer), Eurovent Aluminum, Steel
Residential › House

Binomio Taller: Casa Encanto is a restoration and remodel project of a “casona” from the early XX century, located in Mérida, a few meters from the emblematic Paseo Montejo. The project aims to contribute to the preservation of the residential use of Merida’s Historic Center by reusing the existing construction and giving it a new life.

The project's name, Casa Encanto, arises in honor of the owner's home country, Puerto Rico, the Enchanted Island. This name evokes the charm and magic that characterize both the restored mansion and Puerto Rican culture.

The concept of the project is based on creating an authentic space, seeking to preserve and highlight the original architectural elements of the casona, thus maintaining its historical essence and unique character. Careful restoration and respect for the original details allow the house to reveal its history and identity, generating a unique and memorable experience for its users.

The project focuses on maintaining the historical structure of the casona, preserving its essence and authenticity. The decision is made to demolish all annexes added to the original construction over time to work with the historic part in its purest form. The goal is to pay homage to the original structure, without competing with it, by incorporating a new construction that integrates harmoniously. The design of the new volume respects the scale and architectural features of the casona, creating a balanced and respectful coexistence that preserves the historical charm and provides a contemporary interpretation.

The central courtyard becomes the heart of Casa Encanto. Its importance as the central space of the house is enhanced, where different areas and activities converge. The courtyard is conceived as a meeting place, a connection with nature, and a visual and sensory enjoyment.

The materiality of the project is based on artisanal elements from the Yucatan region. Local materials such as pasta floors, existing masonry, tropical wood, traditional chukum, and rajuela stone for cladding and finishes are used. These materials not only highlight the regional identity but also provide durability and an authentic connection to history and local culture.

The historical restoration of Casa Encanto presented special construction challenges due to the preservation of the original character of the casona, the narrow and irregular lot that allowed little space for workers and machinery. Meticulous and artisanal work was required to maintain the integrity of the historical architectural elements, such as walls, arches, and original carpentry. The use of traditional construction techniques was essential to achieve genuine authenticity in the restoration. Every detail was carefully considered and handcrafted, requiring artisanal effort and meticulous dedication to preserve the charm and historical essence of the casona.

The decision was made to preserve the existing ancient cistern as a significant element in the journey towards the new part of the house, providing a tangible connection to the past, reminding of the importance of historical heritage in the contemporary context of Casa Encanto. It becomes a focal point that creates visual tension with the spiral staircase that provides access to the second level.

The design focuses on blurring and merging the boundaries between interior and exterior, allowing a fluid and harmonious relationship between the house and its surroundings, taking advantage of views and natural ventilation.

The endemic vegetation of the area plays a fundamental role in the design. Native plant species to the region are used, highlighting the diversity of local flora. Vegetation is strategically integrated into the patios, terraces, and interiors of the house, creating a fresh, green, and harmonious atmosphere.

The interior design of Casa Encanto is characterized by its neutrality, allowing the architectural elements to stand out on their own. Neutral tones are used on walls and floors, creating a canvas that highlights the materials and natural light. However, strategic touches of color are added in elements such as textiles, artworks, and decorative details, reinterpreting the rich Yucatecan culture and tradition in a contemporary way.


Binomio is a young office, established in 2016. Dedicated to the creation of integral spaces focused on architecture, interior design and furniture design.

We believe that each project is unique and unrepeatable, responding to the specific needs of each user. We believe that design should be approached from the inside out, as well as from the outside in. We believe in achieving the total integration of each project, from its conception to the last detail.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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