Tropical local weather knowledgeable design of Casa Madri on Yucatán Peninsula by Magaldi Studio
Contemporary air circulates freely on this Mexican villa by Magaldi Studio, which options open corridors, picket screens and concrete partitions which are combined with tree sap to extend water resistance.
Casa Madri is positioned in Mérida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, which occupies the tip of a peninsula. The 2-storey residence was constructed on an irregularly formed, nook property inside a gated neighborhood.
Architect Christian Magaldi, who runs an eponymous studio in Miami, designed the villa for a childhood good friend and his household. Their shut relationship enabled Magaldi to compose a constructing that expertly responds to the household’s wants and needs, whereas additionally considering the area’s tropical local weather.
The architect drew inspiration from quite a few sources across the globe.
“The sense of openness and minimalism achieved on this dwelling appears to end result from a cross-cultural synthesis of Japanese simplicity, European theoretical evaluation and Mexican regionalism paired with a deep understanding of a novel consumer,” the studio stated in a mission description.
The home consists of concrete types that wrap a non-public courtyard – a residential structure that’s frequent in heat climates. However Casa Madri departs from the standard courtyard home as a result of giant sections of the dwelling are lifted above the location, permitting contemporary air to flow into by way of the inside.
Encompassing 6,000 sq. ft (557 sq. metres), the house incorporates public areas on the bottom stage and bedrooms up above.
Sure areas are curved, whereas others have sharp angles. There isn’t a entrance door – a call influenced by the “freedom of motion attribute of the consumer’s life-style”.
Exterior partitions are made from concrete combined with tree sap, a cloth referred to as chukum. The Mayans first developed the fabric by combining limestone-based stucco with resin from indigenous chukum timber. Chukum is thought for being extremely waterproof – an vital consideration in a tropical local weather with heavy rainfall.
Wood screens have been included into the facades to manage the quantity of daylight getting into the house. The screens assist preserve inside areas shaded and funky, in flip decreasing the necessity for air-con.
Rooms characteristic partitions and flooring made from darkish and lightweight concrete. A staircase consists of black metallic framing and picket treads, and is supposed to evoke paintings by the sculptor Richard Serra. All through the house, timber parts come from parota timber, that are native to the area.
Within the courtyard, the workforce added a linear swimming pool that permits the household to take respite from “the sturdy Mexican solar”.
Different buildings the Yucatan area embody a Mayan-inspired resort on a distant island by Estudio Macías Peredo, and the headquarters for structure agency TACO, which options tall shutters, pink-toned partitions and luxurious vegetation.
Images is by Edmund Sumner.