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Xólotl House by Architectural Point located in Merida, Mexico | The Hardt
Xólotl House by Architectural Point located in Merida, Mexico. Casa Xólotl is located in a building within the historic center of the city of Mérida. In a street of low circulation, the wall facing the street contains a resting house that overturns and contains the visuals inside it. The project arises in a small pre-existing house of one hundred square meters, composed of three bays (social area, kitchen, one bedroom, and one bathroom). Within a plot of ten by twenty-two meters, the new program had to house social area with terrace, pool and two bedrooms with their respective bathrooms. Access to the property is positioned at the far right of the first bay, through a lobby that serves as a pause between urban reality and the serene interior environment, leaving room to house a room and a bathroom in the remaining space inside. this.
The social area is located in the whole of the second bay, in a single space are the living room, dining room, and kitchen; linking to the third bay through windows that fuse the space visually and functionally. The third bay of the property is intervened more radically. The original slab in poor condition was replaced with a light slab, materiality contrasting with the envelope; sheltering the terrace, the concrete slab, the structure of it passes tangent to the existing walls without touching them.
The main room takes place at the bottom of the lot, as an independent villa, serves as a shot from the inside of the house and borders the patio containing the views inside it. The measures of the back patio is reduced, resulting from the rear room location and the pre-heating elements of the house and a cistern, the pool is located between both bays; to increase its surface area, the pool floods the remains of the posterior bay and surrounds the cistern, generating greater contact and integration to the terrace. The cistern is reused as a jacuzzi. The flooded room becomes the visual auction from the entrance and becomes a space in which the interior-exterior limits blur and fuse.
The enveloping material of the house combines the new flat with the original flat, generating contrast with the patinas product of the passage of time. The interior-exterior boundary between the social area and the terrace is accentuated, exposing the stone material that composes it. The cover and structure of the terrace, cast in concrete with shaded concrete, show their earlier age with a sober palette.
© Tamara Uribe
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