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Taller Estilo Arquitectura designs Pitahaya House in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

Project name:
Pitahaya House
Architecture firm:
Taller Estilo Arquitectura S. de R. L. de C. V.
Calle 47 por 80 y 82 Colonia Centro. Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Manolo Solís
Principal architect:
Víctor Alejandro Cruz Domínguez, Iván Atahualpa Hernández Salazar, Luís Armando Estrada Aguilar
Design team:
Andrea Balam Lizama, Jorge Escalante Chan, Juan Rosado Rodríguez
Interior design:
Built area:
296 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Juan Diaz Cab
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Juan Diaz Cab, Martha Acosta Pech
Stone, Concrete, Steel, Glass
Residential › House

Taller Estilo Arquitectura: The recovery of housing in Merida, Yucatan has left in evidence the different variations of properties in their aesthetic and programmatic characteristics, one of them is Pitahaya House; an introverted house due to its different alterations during its life, dark and spatially unpleasant.

The architectural proposal seeks a house that is naturally illuminated and ventilated in all the spaces that make up the architectural program, the rescue of most of the existing structure, as well as its nature gave us the guideline for the arrangement and order of the gardens, natural spaces that allow us to frame the project's path. The use of natural materials of the region and neutral colors help us to give more amplitude to the spaces and to perceive simple and neutral spaces.

The architectural program presents us from the main entrance the linear path over the pre-existences where a vestibular area, a living room and later a work area are added, by demolishing the slab of the second bay we were able to illuminate and ventilate the spaces in a natural way. Most of the carpentry was restored to be reused and given a new life.

Communications between the spaces can be through gardens and trees that existed on the property, as well as through the interior of the house, achieving two transitions and ways of living the spaces.

The garden of the arches connects to the kitchen/dining room space, which in turn connects to the social area where the pool is located, a space for enjoyment and relaxation. In the back of the house there are two guest bedrooms with garden and bathroom. Separating the guest area from the social area for greater comfort.

Finally, the union between the main building and the guest area is achieved by the preservation of the existing vegetation that gives the project a balance between architecture and nature.

A house that is always lived from the inside to the outside, looking for the enjoyment of the spaces through its natural winks that gives us the preexistence.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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