Local architecture studio Workshop Architects renovated a Spanish colonial mansion in Merida, Mexico, adding two concrete buildings to the garden.
Named Casa Pulpo, the 235 square meter residential project features lilac exterior walls and traditional pasta floor mosaic tiles on the interior.
“Traditional Mérida architecture uses pasta tiles for the floors, usually with different patterns in each room,” said Francisco Bernes, co-founder of Workshop Architects.
“Therefore, in this project, each room has a unique design on the floor, and the base of the walls are also in a similar tone.”
The studio renovated an existing home, preserving the high ceilings and exposed white metal beams with wood joists in the bedroom and living room at the front of the property.
An archway in the living room leads to the kitchen, where a wood and white quartz island and corner breakfast area create a cozy atmosphere.
Each space in the house has a different color applied to the pasta floor tiles and painted on the bottom of the walls.
Workshop’s architects unified the room by using neutral colors at the top of the walls and adding white border tiles around the floor.
Large sliding glass doors connect the kitchen to the outdoor space, bringing natural light and ventilation indoors.
A breakfast corner was also added to create a “warm and inviting atmosphere.”
The studio added two separate concrete buildings to the site, using door proportions, wall heights and thicknesses that referenced the original house.
One of the buildings, located in the center of the site, is single-storey and includes a bedroom, dining and TV room, with sliding glass doors opening onto the swimming pool.
“This area is separate from the rest of the house and the use of two sliding glass doors creates a visual flow towards the garden and pool area, giving a sense of spaciousness and freshness.” said Workshop Architects. .
At the edge of the garden is a two-storey building with a bedroom and private bathroom on the ground floor, accessed through an arched entrance. Up the outdoor stairs you will find an additional bedroom and en-suite bathroom above.
“The third and final core of the house has a more contemporary and purposeful volume compared to the previous two cores, which are expressed in a more conservative manner,” said Workshop Architects. Ta.
Adjacent to the two-story building is a small terrace with a Bahare-style wooden roof that filters natural light and “projects an extraordinary play of light and shadow on the walls and floors.”
The walls of the pool were made from a material called Chukum, which is made by boiling the bark of the Chukum tree and mixing it with concrete.
Workshop Architects said: “By using different materials and textures throughout the site, Casa Pulpo aims to create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy each space to the fullest.”
In 2020, the studio transformed a colonial house in Mérida into an art center and workshop for the city’s annual Festival of Lights.
Photographed by Tamara Uribe.