Easy-Living At Contemporary Rajuela House, Mexico
Mérida-based design studio Muñoz Arquitectos Asociados have completed the Rajuela House project. Completed in 2010, the contemporary home can be found in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
According to the architects: “The scheme comes from the idea of creating an easy-living home, using materials that do not require maintenance, with a scale much more friendly and tailored for an elderly client and with outdoor spaces that do not require much maintenance.
“Access to the house is through a series of overlapping walls that direct you to the hall. The client requested that the hall was delimited in some way allowing her to receive people from work without having access to the entire property. Moving on, through the lobby, we enter to a double height that contains the living, eating and cooking (the kitchen separated from the living room by a low wall of black granite), creating a large continuous space that expands all the way to the terrace with a much more humanised scale and extends into the garden, this being an extension of the interior. Generating an integrated and enlightened space yet protected from the sun.
“After the space previously mentioned we have the bedrooms, which also look towards the north, without forgetting the module. All this integrates through a linear circulation that ends with a sculpture. Service areas are located on the second floor.
“The materials used in the construction of this contemporary Mexican house are very simple, it consists of stone in several varieties. The walls are covered with a stone taken from the Yucatan tradition called ‘Rajuela’, which consist in covering the walls with small pieces of stone creating a texture, which despite being made out of sharp pieces of stone, has a smooth and extremely interesting appearance because of the light and shadow game it creates. The flooring was also made of stone (marble), giving in the interior a more polished version than the exteriors, the rest of the house is in white covering where wood and granite serve as contrast elements.
“Our goal was that the client whom we care a lot about in the office, had a much more relaxed life, surrounded by her grandchildren without too much concern about the contemporary Mexican home. Also where the children could feel comfortable and have fun.”
Images courtesy of Rolando Córdoba.