Lemon Tree House

Mérida, Yucatán, México
Architect
  • Arq. Victor A. Cruz Dominguez, Arq. Ivan Atahualpa Hernandez Salazar Arq. Luis A. Estrada Aguilar
Interior Design
  • AJ Interiores Arq. Anabel Cervantes Garrido ,Arq. Juliana Rubio Avila
Photographer
  • David Cervera
Location
  • Mérida, Yucatán, México
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1500
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • The Lemon Tree House, a single-family residence that develops on two floors. Its composition, divided into two clear sections: the first area, where the main access from the street is located and is occupied by the existing construction and the second area where the bedrooms and central courtyard are located. The courtyard functions as: terrace, pool and as a connection to the new building. The terrace, acts as a distribuitor, housing the beginning of the stairway and allows access to the bedrooms.

    The stairway has three functions; it acts as access to the second floor, as a service area, and it also has the formal strength to be a sculptural element within the central courtyard.

    The restoration of the existing building aims to create a fusion between historic and new spaces in a natural way. Lighting and ventilation are key factors in creating atmospheres of enjoyment and comfort to users. A house completely tied to the outside; achieving spaces that enrich the aesthetics of materials and maximizing passive conditioning systems to reduce energy costs in the home.

    The traditional concept is taken and transferred to a current design, both in old and new areas; similar building systems were used with a limited number of materials, being the predominant: stone, wood, traditional pasta tile floors, metal and white cement as a covering for the walls.

    Traditional houses in the historic center of Merida used in the past used cement floors in the form of mosaics with colorful and varied designs, creating mats and setting the pattern for the decoration of each room. Our proposal takes the material and the concept but it transforms into large areas of white cement and other surfaces with integrated green pigment, strongly defining the color palette that became one of the distinctive features of the house.

    The fusion of the historic nature of the building and contemporary architecture create a perfect and harmonious blend, developing a clear and sober language that enables the incorporation of functional elements and also formally unique, enhancing the material with which they were made without being foreign to our natural environment and the great possibilities that this provides through its proper use.

    Traditional techniques and local materials, make out the spatial composition and aesthetics of the project; revealing the labor of our builders who are the ones that manufacture our identity.

    In the end, housing that respects the the context, captures the environment, is one that speaks with the human scale and spatial sense.

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    Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Counter, Open Shower, Cement Tile Floor, Undermount Sink, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Wall, and One Piece Toilet. White polished concrete walls contrast with the colorfull Cement Tiles and the Marble on counter Photo 2 of Lemon Tree House

    White polished concrete walls contrast with the colorfull Cement Tiles and the Marble on counter

    Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Cement Tile Floor, Lamps, and Bed. A Light well provide natural light and ventilation to the downstairs bedroom Photo 3 of Lemon Tree House

    A Light well provide natural light and ventilation to the downstairs bedroom

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Table Lighting, Cement Tile Floor, Chair, and Bench. Upstairs bedroom take advantage of the natural surounding from the neighborhood Photo 4 of Lemon Tree House

    Upstairs bedroom take advantage of the natural surounding from the neighborhood

    Modern home with Outdoor, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Horizontal Fence, and Plunge Pool. The two areas of the house get conected trough the stairs volume and the light cover for the passway Photo 5 of Lemon Tree House

    The two areas of the house get conected trough the stairs volume and the light cover for the passway

    Modern home with Dining Room, Wall Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Table, Shelves, and Cement Tile Floor. The old ceilings and walls of the existing structure  were preserved to keep the spirit of the old house Photo 6 of Lemon Tree House

    The old ceilings and walls of the existing structure were preserved to keep the spirit of the old house

    The simple facade from the street doesn't reveal the light , Airy and contemporary space behid the door! Photo 7 of Lemon Tree House modern home

    The simple facade from the street doesn't reveal the light , Airy and contemporary space behid the door!

    Modern home with Kitchen, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Wood Cabinet, Cement Tile Floor, Engineered Quartz Counter, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Refrigerator, Cooktops, and Undermount Sink. Furniture and decoration add the characteristic colorfull palete of mexican traditions Photo 8 of Lemon Tree House

    Furniture and decoration add the characteristic colorfull palete of mexican traditions

    Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Counter, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Pendant Lighting, Refrigerator, Cooktops, and Undermount Sink. Tropical wood Tzalam add warm to the space.
 Photo 9 of Lemon Tree House

    Tropical wood Tzalam add warm to the space.

    Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Table, Chair, and Bench. The transistion from Outside-Inside- is gradual, same concept to the transition from the old struture to the contemporary  architecture. Photo 10 of Lemon Tree House

    The transistion from Outside-Inside- is gradual, same concept to the transition from the old struture to the contemporary architecture.

    Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Track Lighting, and Cement Tile Floor. The existing Stone walls were preserved and just exposed in one spot of the house to remid the preexisting building Photo 11 of Lemon Tree House

    The existing Stone walls were preserved and just exposed in one spot of the house to remid the preexisting building

    Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Floor Lighting, Coffee Tables, Track Lighting, and Cement Tile Floor. Color is important in Mexico and furniture and Art provide this on the Lemon tree house Photo 12 of Lemon Tree House

    Color is important in Mexico and furniture and Art provide this on the Lemon tree house

    Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Grass, Plunge Pool, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Horizontal Fence. The patio is the prefect conector of the old and new architecture Photo 13 of Lemon Tree House

    The patio is the prefect conector of the old and new architecture

    Modern home with Outdoor, Plunge Pool, Trees, Grass, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. A panoramic view from the seating area outside of the downstairs bedroom Photo 14 of Lemon Tree House

    A panoramic view from the seating area outside of the downstairs bedroom

    Modern home with Outdoor. A hint of color! Photo 15 of Lemon Tree House

    A hint of color!

    Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Counter, Undermount Sink, and Cement Tile Floor. Downstairs bathroom Photo 16 of Lemon Tree House

    Downstairs bathroom

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bench, Table Lighting, Bed, Cement Tile Floor, and Bookcase. A great view from the upstairs bedroom Photo 17 of Lemon Tree House

    A great view from the upstairs bedroom

    Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Wood Counter, Engineered Quartz Counter, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Wall Oven, and Undermount Sink. A mix of old and new was the master plan for the lemon tree house Photo 18 of Lemon Tree House

    A mix of old and new was the master plan for the lemon tree house

    Modern home with Outdoor. A ray of light Photo 19 of Lemon Tree House

    A ray of light