Merida-based architecture firm Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos has unveiled a gorgeous, modernist home comprised of a low-lying structure interspersed by several cylindrical volumes. Marked by clean, simple lines, white cladding and natural light, the contemporary House O + I is 1,776 square feet of pure, unadulterated sophistication.
Located in Merida, Mexico, the family residence is set on an expansive plot of land, which inspired the incredible design. To take advantage of the building site, the architects opted to create an elongated, low-lying volume with an open floor plan. This strategy, according to the design firm, would allow the home owners to enjoy multiple perspectives of the natural surroundings from virtually any angle.
The two-bedroom home is clad in smooth, all-white surfaces, both on the interior and exterior, that contrast with the existing rustic environment. Additionally, the home’s modernist aesthetic is enhanced with long, angular cutouts and various cylindrical volumes that rise up over the main structure’s roof line.
The cylindrical volumes separate the home according to use, with one side housing the communal areas and the other side containing the two bedrooms. Clean, simple lines define the interior space, which, like the exterior, is clad in smooth, white surfaces. However, to create a bit of contrast, the architects used chukum, a limestone-based, red-hued stucco mixed with resin from chukum trees, to bring in hints of nature into the interior, from accent walls to bathroom features.
At the heart of the home is the south-facing living room that leads out to the swimming pool through a series of sliding glass doors. This expansive outdoor space is enclosed with a textured, earthen wall that contrasts nicely with the all-white house. From the large terrace area, a “floating” staircase leads to a rooftop terrace that overlooks the surroundings.
Photography by Diego Ayuso via Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos