mexican architect david cervera has designed the ‘el palmar’ summer house located in the port of chuburna yucatán, mexico. the project includes a single bedroom, kitchen, living room and pool in a tropical and serene setting. with a small interior space of 90 sqm (approximately 970 sqf), the architect faced the challenge of satisfying the needs of a family of four. the home is well ventilated and open to allow the breeze from surrounding palm trees to enter freely. 

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hammocks are placed freely around the home allowing for both indoor and outdoor lounging
all images © david cervera

 

 

cervera chose to locate the house at the back of the lot, creating a large front yard. the three core spaces face a semi-open terrace to the north. the living area and kitchen extend the interior into the exterior courtyard, where a pool invites guests to relax outdoors. through the terrace, the social space of the home is integrated freely with the outdoors. the bedroom maintains a more intimate position towards the east.

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the spacious front yard creates a grand entrance for the home 

 

 

the architect employs local materials from the yucatán region including chukum, a waterproof finish made from tree roots which prevents paint from wearing. the floors are built from white polished concrete and decorated with mosaics. vibrant hues of pink are selectively placed around different facets of the home, accenting the framed views of the surrounding nature. 

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the outdoor terrace blends with both living room and pool 

 

 

cervera’s portfolio includes a vast array of beach homes and contemporary dwellings around latin america. his work has been acclaimed for its careful attention to setting and materials and its careful relationship between interior and exterior. 

david cervera el palmar house mexico
the terrace serves as a core element for both interior and exterior circulation

david cervera el palmar house mexico
the use of white polished concrete and mosaic tiles add subtle colors to the sandy setting

david cervera el palmar house mexico
the small space allows multiple activities to occur due to its careful design of circulation

david cervera el palmar house
the east facing bedroom allows for more privacy

david cervera el palmar house mexico
texture through use of material is carefully designed

david cervera el palmar house mexico
the swimming pool extends the geometry of the home

david cervera el palmar house mexico
at night the pool is illuminated by the interior spaces

david cervera el palmar house mexico
the palm trees from the pre-existing site were left in tact 

 

 

 

project info: 

 

architects: david cervera
location: chuburná, mexico
area: 90 sqm (970 sqf)
project year: 2017
photography: david cervera
manufacturers: cemex, blu albercas, german salazar, mosaicos la peninsular

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