Chaaltun House / tescala

Chaaltun House / tescala

Curated by Danae Santibañez
HOUSES • MÉRIDA, MEXICO
Architects : tescala
Area : 900 m²
Year : 2016
Photographs : Leo Espinosa
Manufacturers : BOSE, Flos, LG Electronics, SONOS, Aluplast, Canterland, Chukum, Escenium HAUS, Insteon, Teka, VALVO
Construction : Construdar Toussaint
Structure : Eduardo Marquez Sierra
Interiors : tescala
Playroom Interiors : miostudio
Landscaping : Ernesto Degetau
City : Mérida
Country : Mexico

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Textual content description supplied by the architects. Architecture approaches nature by rearranging its components. In Casa Chaaltun, this conformation was an try and evoke and interpret the pure and cultural context of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, difficult the mainstream notion and customary use of its pure supplies.

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To adapt this system into the lot’s geometry, it was divided into three zones: non-public, social and providers; the volumes have been designed accordingly. 4 volumes are linked by a predominant lengthy axis, which is the undertaking’s backbone. Two of them are stable, dealing with south and west, fixing the privateness and, on the identical time, it protects the inside and shadows the others. The remaining volumes are frivolously floating, producing a double top ceiling within the floor stage, dealing with to the northeast.

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The quantity’s typology is characterised by its facades. The solids are fashioned by a collection of offsetted partitions, permitting crossed air flow and an incredible pure gentle revenue and not using a thermal achieve. In distinction, the floating volumes characteristic a marble lattice facade, allowing the doorway of a diffuse gentle and in addition shadowing the inside.

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The marble lattice facade was a difficult design and its last answer gave identification to the home: a system fashioned by 4 hundred eighty six vertical items, each unites two plaques of marble secured to a metal body. Each single piece is welded to the principle structure of the social volumes. The lighting is impressed within the moonlight, so that every piece illuminates the adjoining, bouncing its gentle into the marble.

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The volumetric answer comes with a steady collection of voids within the building: 4 areas that open and develop the interiors; though that is useful, these are additionally the areas the place the pure and cultural references of the surroundings happen, giving Casa Chaaltun its distinctive identification.

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Yucatán Peninsula is thought for its peculiar landscapes, which embrace massive timber with tabular roots and pure ponds of crystalline water known as cenotes (dzonoot in maya); this ponds are of outstanding magnificence and characterised for its freshness; the limestone that varieties the cenote permits to see the darkish inexperienced and blue colours within the clear water. Due to this pure and gorgeous ponds, the swimming pool resembles a cenote: an oxford gray flamed granite offers a sensation of depth and a darker green-blue colour to the water; floating within the second stage the marble lattice façade encloses the pool space. Additionally, Alamo timber counsel the presence of a cenote, for this reason considered one of them is positioned within the entry patio surrounded by limestone partitions.

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Within the regional panorama of Yucatan it is common to see how rocks, roads and partitions rust in an intense purple colour due to the minerals within the soil; the inspiration for the purple patio was taken from these rusty components, making tall tinted concrete partitions and putting a Chaka tree (regional tree kind Yucatan recognized for its purple bark). One other endemic tree within the plot is a Jabín (habín in maya), one of many few within the space that modifications its colour by seasons. This tree was a breaking level to the design of the grasp’s bed room foyer and the higher stage terrace, the place the leafy branches brace the house giving a comfortable ambiance.

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All these completely different references of the pure context are a continuing within the undertaking, following the identical line of design and all the time prioritizing the person’s effectively being and taking part in with the aperture of the sequenced areas. Casa Chaaltun is the concatenation of thresholds (kitchen-bar-social-pool-garden) that opens into an prolonged visible (course-lake-course-jungle).