Located in Merida, Mexico, Itzimná House by Reyes Rios + Larraín Arquitectos

Located in Merida, Mexico, Itzimná House by Reyes Rios + Larraín Arquitectos | The Hardt

 

Located in Merida, Mexico, Itzimná House (2013) by Reyes Rios + Larraín Arquitectos. The architecture is defined in the congruence between the rational logic of the use of materials and the plastic tectonics that the construction system revealed to us as design opportunities. From this the spaces are designed in relation to different layers of protection: ventilated floors, overhangs that are circulations and light-temperature transitions, sliding-pivoting metal panels with bamboo from the region. The land was also occupied by a house from the sixties of the last century, also of a single level and similar size. Due to its null architectural value, the important deteriorations in its structure, as well as its terrible implantation and orientation of spaces, the house had to be demolished.

 

 

The new construction is designed following two guidelines:

– Build a thermal house, transparent and light, to favor expansive views of the land itself, as well as gradual physical connections with the trees and the new garden created as part of the concept of living in this house.

– Propose a construction system that minimizes the intervention of bricklayers, favoring prefabricated construction and minimizing finishing details as attributes of a work inserted in a technologically very lagging cultural environment.

Among the references that inspired the architect are the works of, Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koening, as well as the program of the Case Study Houses in California in the fifties. In our case and in clear difference with the works cited, we pose a greater challenge to introduce the component of sustainability and face the apparent contradiction between the architectural logic of maximum transparency-lightness and minimum thermal mass-solar gain in a climate of heat, humidity, and risk of severe hurricanes.

 

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