December, 2011

New Centro Project begins with themes of Bali and Morocco

Alvarez y Sanchez have commenced work on an exciting new project in the Central district of Merida.  Architect Cecilia Sanchez first became aware of the property in 2009 and realized its potential of a lot measuring 10 metres wide by 70 metres deep.  With a small house facing the street, the space and scope of the land was ideal to create something out of the ordinary.
After a relatively short negotiation, the sale took place between the owner and the customer in 2010 and after the usual formalities, the lot was eventually secured. Discussions on theme, concept and direction then took place in 2011 with plans in place and submitted to INAH by the end of the summer.
The client has travelled extensively throughout the world and brings many ideas on tropical architecture from other places. In particular, one of the aims of the project is to  combine the grandeur and elegance of North African architecture with it’s intricate tile work and restrained forms, with the more casual aspects of Balinese and Mexican architecture where the pool, complemented by lush garden elements, becomes a central focus of the site.
The size of the space has also meant that the original structure facing the street can be restored, preserving its original features including a trefoil arch, masonry walls and levels. It will function as a small guest house and garage with a small vestibule and a front garden. An  entirely new house will be built toward the back of the lot with the scope to move beyond the typical colonial style of Centro towards something fresh and different. In particular, there are less limitations on the historical context and the main house can be designed with all the 21st century conveniences. It has also  been designed to take advantage of the orientation of the land, by capturing the eastern breezes and ensuring maximum sunshine lands on the pool.
The central pool area will be complemented by a long Moroccan style terrace that provides a living space and link that pulls the site together – from both the aesthetic aspect and the practical day to day living.  The house itself will have an open concept with an emphasis on guests and entertaining, with the rear garden containing a majestic ciricote tree that anchors the entire space.
Excavations are now underway and we will provide regular updates on this projects as one of our most interesting projects for 2012 begins to take shape.