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In the Yucatan capital of Merida, Casa Merida stands like an homage to Mayan culture and Yucatan identity. Studio Ludwig Godefroy Architecture took up the challenge of creating a home for a family of three that explored the relationship between modernity and tradition, heavy with local vernacular, Yucatan identity and personal influences. 

The studio had a complicated canvas to work with: a long, narrow rectangular plot, a mere 8 square meters wide and stretching up to 80 square meters in length. The structure spans the length of the terrain, its hard edges and material palette of concrete, Mayan cream stone and pine wood contributing to its brutalist look and aesthetic. Air ventilation for such a space was an important point to tackle; it was solved by a narrow corridor running along the side of the entire plot. This, along with the four courtyards worked into the length of its odd configuration, banished the concept of indoors and outdoors. “Casa Merida is a not a house with a garden,” the studio says. “It is a garden with a house.” 

The living area was appointed to the back of the property, away from the street noise. The stunning residence ends with a concrete pool, inspired by the natural, sacred sinkholes found in the region. And with Casa Merida’s beauty comes a commitment to sustainability via rainwater collectors, solar boilers and solar panels.

Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy
Casa Merida Ludwig Godefroy

Photography © Rory Gardiner for Ludwig Godefroy Architecture

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