LocationCalle 1H No. 117 Por 4Y y 4A, Colonia Residencial Montecristo, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Author ArchitectGerardo Boyancé Ancona
Architects in ChargeArq. Aldo Mijail Chab, Arq. Andree Pasos Dzul
Text description provided by the architects. The land is located north of the City of Merida, Yucatan, in a residential subdivision of medium density.
The area for the development of the project is a rectangular terrain with irregular measurements of 10.30 meters deep x 32.00 meters in front. The facades, south, west and east adjoin the streets and the only neighbor there is a single-level house to the north.
The design of the project was largely a product of these factors, where orientation and context play a very important part.
The concept for the solution of the Architecture Workshop "The Machine" was the admiration to Le Corbusier; we tried to pay homage to his legacy by giving it the appearance of machinery, alluding to the machine of living that Le Corbusier talked so much about, in this case as a machine to live and work.
In the same way it was tried to represent several points of Le Corbusier, like its running window, free facade, the ramps, bridge and double height.
The appearance of this machine was given by an aluminum skin based on economic tubulars of commercial manufacture, working as ventilated facades to have a sustainable building, since the aluminum, besides being an avant-garde material, is 100% reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and easy to obtain as raw material.
The heart of the office is the workshop, a space in the form of a transparent box conceived as solid; where the other spaces merge around it forming another box, leaving a "crystalline abstraction".
In the double height a running window was opened facing north to absorb the light in an indirect way, taking advantage of the fact that the boundary is of a single level.