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Hannah House in Mérida, Mexico by Workshop Diseño y Construcción

Project name:
Casa Hannah / Hannah House
Architecture firm:
Workshop Diseño y Construcción
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Tamara Uribe
Principal architect:
Francisco Bernés Aranda and Fabián Gutiérrez Cetina
Design team:
Francisco Bernés Aranda and Fabián Gutiérrez Cetina
Artesano MX, SOHO galleries Mérida
Interior design:
Workshop Diseño y Construcción
Built area:
86 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Alejandro Bargas Cicero and Isabel Bargas Cicero
Workshop Diseño y Construcción
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
Alejandro Bargas Cicero and Isabel Bargas Cicero

The Mexican architecture firm Workshop Diseño y Construcción led by Francisco Bernés and Fabián Gutiérrez has recently completed Hannah House located in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.

Architect's statement: Casa HANNAH, in Merida, Yucatan, is a project that maximizes spatial sensation, by playing with double heights and integrating the exterior with the interior. The land, with only 105 square meters, accommodates a studio-type house, which was designed with the concept of being a vacation residence for its owners. Being a reduced space, the main goal of the project was to create sensations of spaciousness and comfort, directing one’s visuals to the exterior spaces. Once inside the house, the kitchen island with pasta tile accents, integrates into a small dining room for two. This double height space invites users to enjoy the views of the gardens, where a small chukum pool surrounds the terrace, creating an ideal atmosphere for enjoying the warm Yucatecan climate.

At the end of the lot, the service area is hidden behind an old colonial door and a stone façade, which serves as a focal point to the terrace area. The only bedroom of the house is located in the mezzanine above the kitchen, it has a complete bathroom facing a small garden, where the lattices of the facade allow the prevailing north winds to travel through the house. From the bedroom (taking advantage of the double height of the dining room window), there is a privileged view of the tops of the fruit trees from the patios of the adjoining houses, which are representative of the traditional neighborhood.

Casa HANNAH aims to be a comfortable and functional space that evokes regional Yucatecan architecture, through the use of traditional materials but incorporating a contemporary sense in its volume and spatiality, by playing with heights and by using glass as a leading element to achieve a feeling of spaciousness. This together with the use of neutral colors on floors and walls, generate a beautiful contrast with the art, the wooden furniture and with the vegetation that is distributed throughout the interior of the place, creating an atmosphere of freshness in this little tropical corner.

house with tropical plants at garden

house terrace with furniture and tropical plants

small Woden dining table next to staircase

red hanged hammock in garden

swimming pool at backyard of the house     

living space with double volume ceiling

kitchen with terrace view

modern kitchen with island   

tree inside the house

house exterior with white color

exterior facade with illumination at night

terrace with pool  

garden wall with natural stone   

stone wall next to pool  

bedroom with ceiling fan   

rectangle mirror and washing basin     

master bedroom with bathroom

bed sheet

wall with opening

round table with chairs     

terrace view

tropical plants at terrace

tree inside house

living space view from above

pool and natural sone wall


L shape sofa at terrace  

pool with illumination at night

garden with illumination

living room

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan 

Main facade

Section A drawing

Section drawing

architectural section drawing

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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