Colonial House Recovery in Calle 64 (2016) by Nauzet Rodríguez

Located in Merida, Yucatan, México, Colonial House Recovery in Calle 64 (2016) by Nauzet Rodríguez | The Hardt


Located in Merida, Yucatan, México,  Colonial House Recovery in Calle 64 (2016) by Nauzet Rodríguez.  The project for this bar must strictly adhere to the nature of the building and its cataloging as a Historical Monument determined by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico. This cataloging does not allow the modification of the property, having to recover the existing architectural elements and execute the project with absolute fidelity to the original work.


In this sense, we proceeded to the recovery of a balcony on the facade that had been modified years ago; restoration of existing doors in the cases that were possible and substitution by replicas in which either they did not exist or their condition was irrecoverable; reconstruction of two ceilings in the image and likeness of the originals; full recovery of original floors; repetition of finishes on walls; and introduction of hidden reinforcing construction elements such as reinforced concrete columns and enclosures. For the exterior area, the criterion applied was the consolidation of the spaces as they were found, preserving the traces that the passage of time has caused in the building.




The new uses of the property are therefore conditioned to the original construction and not vice versa. The location of the kitchen and its distribution, the bar area, living room and dining rooms, etc. they adapt rigorously to the rooms of the building and its circulations, resulting in a bar that, although it may not strictly respond to the most conventional typologies of its kind, becomes a space full of its own peculiarity and character, provoking experiences and journeys remarkably surprising for the visitor, born of the sequentiality of the building and full respect of the remodeling project. A stage at 40 meters visible from the street, rooms that are discovered while walking through the house, a fully open bar, a passable cupboard, a kitchen open to the garden. Given the impossibility of incorporating the bathrooms and services to the original building, these had to be built in the backyard and with the complicated task of adding contemporary elements to an old building. The use of apparent concrete was chosen as successfully, other architects of the region worked similar projects beforehand. This service module houses a warehouse, an office, and toilets for women, people with special needs and men.


The interior design of the project is dressed with an industrial/rustic aesthetic, with exclusive use of iron and wood avoiding the use of materials unrelated to the time and nature of the building. The installations have views, emphasizing the industrial aesthetic and avoiding the deterioration that its hiding would suppose on the original stone walls.


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