Red-tinted chukum brings contrasts to white, modern home in Merida

Yucatan's residential architecture leads the minimalism trend

Casa O + I. Photo: Diego Ayuso via Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos.
  • Casa O + I. Photo: Diego Ayuso via Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos.

Merida, Mexico — A sleek residence by Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos contrasts clean white with red-hued chukum stucco in a single-story open plan.

All that breaks up the layout at Casa O + I is a long cylinder that divides the 1,776-square-foot’s common spaces and its two bedrooms.

The red stucco bathroom is wrapped around the cylinder’s curve, creating a little nook. The same stucco also encases a backyard wall, providing continuity. The rest is white, white and more white.

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The core of the house is the living room, whose expansive window faces out onto the patio and pool. In the corner of the main living space is a built-in kitchen module that only partially disrupts the open flow.

The architects prioritized outdoor space with a large pool, sandy fire pit, sleek concrete deck and a floating staircase that leads to a roof terrace.

Project name: Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos

Location: Merida, Mexico

Design: Arq. Julio Enrique Garrido Lizarraga + Architect Alejandro Torre Espinosa

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Construction: Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos & Asociados + Atorre Architecture and Construction

When it was built: April to September 2018

All images © Diego Ayuso via + Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos and World Architecture.

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