This is a residence located in Merida, Mexico. It occupies 270 square meters on a site that measures around 1000 square meters. The project was conducted by Mauricio Gallegos Arquitectos and was completed in 2015. The beautiful landscape of the Yocatan Peninsula inspired them to create a house that’s strongly linked to its surroundings and which communicates with the outdoors in a seamless and natural manner.
The house is closed to the West and opens to the East and this type of orientation ensures that the inhabitants have lots of privacy but at the same time are connected to the large backyard. This way the interior spaces are intimate but also open, bright and airy. As far as the overall architecture and structure of the house are concerned, this is a project defined by a clean and simple geometry, with a total lack of unnecessary features.
The architects used efficient materials and construction methods to maintain a pleasant simplicity throughout. Even though the interior living spaces are seamlessly connected both to each other and to the backyard, they also each feel intimate thanks to the dividing walls that extend outside, separating the concrete patio into sections.
The interior of the house is organized around two axis. The circulation area links the spaces longitudinally and a second axis divides them into two zones: private and public. The intersection of these two axis results in four big sections. There’s the service area, the public zone, the social area and the private area. The service spaces are placed along the circulation gallery.
The backyard is vast and with clean cut lines and a very tranquil and relaxing simplicity. The swimming pool is embedded into the ground, framed on all four sides by a concrete deck. A manicured lawn fills the rest of the yard. A large concrete wall serves as a dividing fence between the property and the street and neighboring estates. Small trees are planted along the wall. In time they’ll grow and form a green fence.