A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

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This modern abode in Mérida, Mexico, makes a bold statement with simple materials.

On a relatively narrow and deep lot in Mexico, Taller Estilo Arquitectura was challenged with creating a home for a young couple seeking a dynamic, contemporary dwelling. The firm thoughtfully designed the space to bring in sun and light, while simultaneously relying on passive cooling techniques to moderate temperature and enable air circulation. Central to the design vision was the use of raw, readily available materials. The dramatic rear elevation features enormous two-story swing doors and a pool, both impactful design elements of this retreat-like residence.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Coffee Tables, and Marble Floor. The open-concept main living area, which connects to the dining room and kitchen, is the residents’ favorite part of the home. Soaring ceilings, black aluminum-clad windows, and Carrara marble floors make this central gathering place feel vast. Warm, natural textures are brought in through the Eames molded plywood chairs, brown Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs, and natural wooden slab table on steel legs. Photo  of A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

The open-concept main living area, which connects to the dining room and kitchen, is the residents’ favorite part of the home. Soaring ceilings, black aluminum-clad windows, and Carrara marble floors make this central gathering place feel vast. Warm, natural textures are brought in through the Eames molded plywood chairs, brown Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs, and natural wooden slab table on steel legs.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Pendant Lighting, and Marble Backsplashe. The home’s kitchen features stainless steel counters and appliances, and a Carrara backsplash that offers visual cohesion with the main level's floors. Warm Pink Trumpet wood cabinets include mirrored fronts that reflect light and make the open space feel even larger. The dining area includes a custom reclaimed wood table, HAY About a Stool 32 seats, and glossy Komplot Design Calabash pendant lamps. Photo  of A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

The home’s kitchen features stainless steel counters and appliances, and a Carrara backsplash that offers visual cohesion with the main level's floors. Warm Pink Trumpet wood cabinets include mirrored fronts that reflect light and make the open space feel even larger. The dining area includes a custom reclaimed wood table, HAY About a Stool 32 seats, and glossy Komplot Design Calabash pendant lamps.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Shrubs, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. The back of the home glows at night as the giant, two-story glass doors swing open to remove the barrier between inside and out. A polished concrete patio deck and pool, along with a simple block perimeter wall, make smart use of available materials. The pool acts as a passive conditioning tool, cooling air before it enters the house. The block wall is positioned 31 inches from the house, creating a gap or "air chimney" that allows air to circulate up and away from the home, while simultaneously letting light filter down. Photo  of A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

The back of the home glows at night as the giant, two-story glass doors swing open to remove the barrier between inside and out. A polished concrete patio deck and pool, along with a simple block perimeter wall, make smart use of available materials. The pool acts as a passive conditioning tool, cooling air before it enters the house. The block wall is positioned 31 inches from the house, creating a gap or "air chimney" that allows air to circulate up and away from the home, while simultaneously letting light filter down.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. Several courtyards help bring greenery in. On the west side of the home, plants absorb sunlight and create another passive cooling feature. Crushed limestone pebbles and an exposed stone wall complete the lush space. Photo  of A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

Several courtyards help bring greenery in. On the west side of the home, plants absorb sunlight and create another passive cooling feature. Crushed limestone pebbles and an exposed stone wall complete the lush space.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. The emphasis on natural materials continues in the home’s bedrooms. Laminated bamboo flooring and polished concrete walls and ceiling are favored here. A focal point of the room is the the glass-enclosed interior garden, a private extension of the bedroom bordered by a simple cinder block wall. Photo  of A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

The emphasis on natural materials continues in the home’s bedrooms. Laminated bamboo flooring and polished concrete walls and ceiling are favored here. A focal point of the room is the the glass-enclosed interior garden, a private extension of the bedroom bordered by a simple cinder block wall.

Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Counter, and Enclosed Shower. Opposite the inner courtyard and master bedroom, the bathroom enjoys a view of the lush garden space. Polished concrete floors and walls, and white Carrara counters offer cohesion with the rest of the home. American Standard plumbing fixtures and reclaimed midcentury pendant lamps round out the space. Photo  of A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials

Opposite the inner courtyard and master bedroom, the bathroom enjoys a view of the lush garden space. Polished concrete floors and walls, and white Carrara counters offer cohesion with the rest of the home. American Standard plumbing fixtures and reclaimed midcentury pendant lamps round out the space.

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