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Aldea House in Yucatan

Family House in Merida, Mexico – design by Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados

14 Aug 2014

Aldea House in Yucatan

Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Design: Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados

The Aldea House´s site is located in front of a golf course. On the first visit to the site the amount of native trees that were in the place resulted very remarkable. The first request made to the client was to get a detailed topographic study of all the vegetation.

Aldea House

Since the beginning our purpose was to keep all of the trees in the site. Once we had the topographic study in our hands we faced a notable challenge… the possibility to keep all of the trees, at least all of the medium and large size, supposed an important complexity. Finally, after studying multiple alternatives with conventional layouts (“U” shape, “L” shape, two or three volumes, etc.) we figured out that in all the cases we would have to cut down an important amount of trees.

Aldea House

From that point we decided to generate a project of multiple small habitable pieces that would be allocated in between the trees in order to respect all of them. This led us to think that the concept of the house would be like a “village” in which you can go through the exterior in a sinuous way across the trees to get from one construction to another.

Aldea House

To make more evident the project posture, the habitable areas of the house are designed as parallelepipeds of either rectangular or squared base, which are very clear in its volumetric presence. In contrast, the exterior trails and the ones for interior connection (roofed and closed on the sides with glass) are melted with the sinuous, organic and seemingly complex grid that the tree distribution generates. The house is conceived as a “village” such that to reach every space you have to go through a trail across trees… like you would do in a village in the jungle.

Aldea House

The program consists in 3 bedrooms, game room, living room, dining room, kitchen, service areas and an outer social area with a swimming pool. The social area works as an integrator of the support and service areas with the private zone. The bedrooms are grouped into a set of pieces so that secluded patios are generated for the safety of the family’s young children. The areas of the site without views to the golf course are used to locate the service and support areas. The distribution of the social and private areas conforms an exterior space with a very rich “ambiance”, from which the visuals vanish towards the depth of the course.

Aldea House

Even taking in regard the complexity and peculiar distribution on the floor plan, the house is introduced to the context and the user as a simple building, without major pretensions but to enjoy life and the singular natural context.

Aldea House in Yucatan – Building Information

Project: Aldea House
Year: 2012
Location: La Ceiba, Mérida, Yucatán, México.
Area: 346 sqm.
Design: Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados. Arq. Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada.
Co-authors: Arq. Tamara Uribe Manzanilla. Arq. Gabriel Mendoza Herrera

Photographs: Tamara Uribe photography

Aldea House in Yucatan images / information from Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados

Location: Yucatan, México, North America

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