Collection by Sarah Akkoush

A Sustainable Mexican Retreat Made of Raw, Readily Available Materials


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.

The open-concept main living area, which connects to the dining room and kitchen, is the residents’ favorite part of...
The home’s kitchen features stainless steel counters and appliances, and a Carrara backsplash that offers visual...
The back of the home glows at night as the giant, two-story glass doors swing open to remove the barrier between inside...
Several courtyards help bring greenery in. On the west side of the home, plants absorb sunlight and create another...
The emphasis on natural materials continues in the home’s bedrooms.
Opposite the inner courtyard and master bedroom, the bathroom enjoys a view of the lush garden space.
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