This narrow family house in Mexico showcases the beauty of natural building materials. Taller Estilo Arquitectura designed the Naked House for a narrow plot left over from the subdivision of a family home. The architects used natural, common and readily available materials to accentuate the home's simplicity and intrinsic beauty.
The house is located on a narrow plot in Mérida, Mexico, occupying a “residue” urban space that required a smart solution for daylighting and ventilation. Passive sustainable features are an integral part of the design. The architects treated the service area on the west side as a barrier that separates the house from the northern boundary, leaving a 2-feet “air chimney” that facilitates natural ventilation. The pool located in the back garden cools the air before traversing the house. Residents can control the flow and volume of air by closing and opening the sliding glass doors on the east facade.
A green wall to the west reinforced the thermal barrier, while permaculture planters prevent the overheating of the access area. The material palette is largely determined by the construction and structural elements, which are mostly exposed.
Photos by David Cervera