reyes ríos + larraín arquitectos builds lightweight casa itzimná in mexico
photography by pim schalkwijktim street porter

 

 

 

located on the mexican peninsula of yucatan, this single storey structure uses a hybrid construction system to ensure a lightweight dwelling that has a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. ‘casa itzimná’, designed by local practice reyes ríos + larraín arquitectos, combines the use of steel elements with cellular concrete, ensuring the creation of a sustainable and hospitable abode.

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the home is located on the mexican peninsula of yucatan

 

 

 

the home’s layout is articulated around an elongated kitchen-diner flanked with floor-to-ceiling glazing. a sheltered external terrace surrounds the property’s primary living accommodation, culminating in a sheltered patio, which encourages communal outdoor living. an additional area of the home acts as a service area, while a garage provides enough space for three parked vehicles.

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the single storey structure uses a hybrid construction system

reyes rios larrain arquitectos casa itzimna merida mexico designboom
the scheme combines the use of steel elements with cellular concrete

reyes rios larrain arquitectos casa itzimna merida mexico designboom
a sheltered external terrace surrounds the property’s primary living accommodation

reyes rios larrain arquitectos casa itzimna merida mexico designboom
the home’s layout is articulated around an elongated kitchen-diner

reyes rios larrain arquitectos casa itzimna merida mexico designboom
operable bamboo panels provide shade

reyes rios larrain arquitectos casa itzimna merida mexico designboom
the house viewed from the adjacent garden

reyes rios larrain arquitectos casa itzimna merida mexico designboom
‘casa itzimná’ illuminated at dusk 

 

 

project info:

 

name: casa itzimná, mérida, yucatán, méxico
architecture and design: reyes ríos + larraín arquitectos – salvador reyes ríos, josefina larraín lagos 
project partners: carlos patrón ibarra, alejandro carrillo olguín 
landscaping: josefina larraín lagos
geomancy and feng shui consultant: alex stark
structural (concept): salvador reyes ríos 
structure (calculation and review): enrique colli, xella mexicana s.a. de C.V., arq. josé manuel castillo
construction: ricardo zavala
civil works: proyecciones civiles S.A. de C.V. 
photography: pim schalkwijk, tim street porter