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.


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


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.