in the mexican city of merida, TACO taller de arquitectura has completed a multifunctional building set amid a grove of palm trees. in developing the project, which is titled ‘portico palmeto’, the architects sought to design a setting that fostered a close relationship with nature, while simultaneously serving as a functional, versatile, and inspiring building. the structure primarily acts as an architectural studio, but, rather than a conventional office environment, a more welcoming and domestic atmosphere has been established.

TACO portico palmeto
all images by leo espinosa

 

 

the program comprises a permeable esplanade and a ‘garden/pedestrian path’. meanwhile, a programmed portico with terraces and relaxation areas delineates access to the site’s public and private areas: a living/meeting room, a kitchenette, a full bathroom, a storage room, a work area, a central patio, and an open roof terrace with two half bathrooms.

TACO portico palmeto
aquatic gardens function as mosquito controllers

 

 

TACO taller de arquitectura developed the building’s form in accordance with the surrounding trees, sunlight, and cross ventilation. importantly, the portico has a series of deployable bamboo panels that work to control insulation, privacy, and security. in terms of materiality, the building’s finishes aim to reduce the need for future maintenance. using construction methods common to the region, the roof was cast on site with waterproof concrete and is thermally insulated with polystyrene panels.

TACO portico palmeto
the project was designed to serve as a functional, versatile, and inspiring building

 

 

the floors are made of white concrete, while the walls and ceilings comprise burnished stucco pigmented with the earth tone of the site. hardwood carpentry is resistant to termites, while the windows were made with natural aluminum and tempered glass. adjacent aquatic gardens function as mosquito controllers and fauna attractants were also implemented.

TACO portico palmeto
deployable bamboo panels work to control insulation, privacy, and security

TACO portico palmeto
the scheme fosters a close relationship with nature

TACO portico palmeto
the building is set amid a grove of palm trees

TACO portico palmeto
cantilevered stairs lead to the building’s upper level

TACO portico palmeto
vibrant swatches of color are interspersed throughout

TACO portico palmeto
an open roof terrace can be used for a variety of functions

TACO portico palmeto
the site gently illuminated at dusk

 

 

project info:

 

architectural project: TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
interior design project: TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
landscape project: TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
construction: TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
project team: carlos patrón ibarra, alejandro patrón sansor, ana patrón ibarra, estefanía rivero janssen.
site area: 475 sqm
constructed area: 135 sqm
completion date: january 2018
location: merida, mexico.
photography: leo espinosa