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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

CASA GABRIELA in Mérida, México by TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

 
October 29th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

The “CASA GABRIELA” is a single-detached dwelling located in a zone in process of urban development in the southern Mexican city of Merida.

The goal was to provide the user a practical refuge and at the same time a serene environment that had considered aspects of security, thermal comfort and energy efficient, as well as a low cost in construction and maintenance.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

  • Architects: TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
  • Project: CASA GABRIELA
  • Location: Mérida, México
  • Photography: Leo Espinosa, Carlos Patrón
  • Software used: Autocad and 3d max
  • Project and construction team: Carlos Patrón Ibarra, Alejandro Patrón Sansor, Ana Patrón Ibarra, Estefanía Rivero Janssen.
  • Structural Project: Ing. Gabriel Vargas Marín
  • Construction area: 85.00 m2
  • Surface area: 300.00 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Construction Year: 2015

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The house is frankly tucked, respect to the street. Together with the neighboring walls, it generates a “plazoleta” or small square which was designed as a public space, which purpose is to produce a usage towards the public road, which is a feature of the traditional Yucatecan architecture that contributes to neighborhood safeness. This space works as a preamble for the building´s access. It is accentuated with a water component made up by an area with organic elements which functions as a mosquito control and also oxygenates, by natural means, another area that is accessible for recreational use. This water element is perceived from all the interior social areas, having special interaction with the entrance lobby.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The architectural program considers a social area where the kitchen, living room and dining room meet; an intermediate zone of services where the bathroom and the laundry closet were located; and finally a bedroom. Both the social area and the bedroom feature rear semi-exterior terraces which are perceived as extensions of them. From the social terrace you can reach the back garden and an open patio on the rooftop.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The climate of the region allows several apertures to be closed only by mosquito nets, permitting constant natural ventilation. The double heights have zenith openings that evacuate the hot air, achieving a comfortable internal temperature without resorting to artificial means.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The building system is the most common of the area, based on concrete block walls, as well as concrete beam and block flooring. This is manifested in the under roofs that cover double heights. The low roofs are thermally isolated with polystyrene panels. The implementation of concrete lattices protects the inside of the house from insolation, rain, vandalism and hurricanes.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The architectural finishes are apparent. The floors are made of grinded concrete, as well as the on-site precast plates with which the fixed furniture was assembled. Walls and low ceilings hold a burnished waterproof cement based stucco.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The proposed vegetation is mostly endemic. It considers iconic species of the local culture, others that attract wild birds, and finally fruit trees, vegetables and herbs for human consumption.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Patrón

Image Courtesy © Carlos Patrón

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

The color becomes present in the threshold of the front and back access, as well as in the furniture and functional home accessories. These were chosen from a range found in craft elements of the local culture, as well for its ability to dialogue with the shades of the different blooms in the gardens.

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Leo Espinosa

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

Image Courtesy © TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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