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Nahsac House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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Conkal, Mexico

Al Modar Founders Pavilion/ TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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Chaaltun House / tescala

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Mérida, Mexico
  • Architects: tescala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BOSE, Flos, LG Electronics, SONOS, Aluplast, +6
  • Professionals: Construdar Toussaint, tescala

Empírea House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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Mérida, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  270
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: CASTEL, Comex, Tecnolite, URREA, kimikolor

The Rustic Beauty of the Chukum in Modern Mexican Architecture

© Elke Frotscher© Eduardo Calvo© David Cervera© Adrian Llaguno+ 39

In Yucatan, architects are reviving an ancient Mayan stucco technique for contemporary buildings, merging modern architecture with regional history and culture. The technique is called “chukum,” a term derived from the colloquial name for the Havardia albicans tree native to Mexico. Made with chukum tree bark, the material has several defining qualities that separate it from traditional stucco, including impermeable properties and a natural earthy color. Though chukum initially fell out of use following Spanish conquest of the Maya civilization, it was rediscovered and reemployed by Salvador Reyes Rios of the architecture firm Reyes Rios + Larrain Arquitectos in the late 1990’s, initiating a resurgence of use in the area.

Monochromatic Kitchens: 3 Design Strategies with a Single Color

Apartament in Korydallos / Plaini and Karahalios Architects. Image © Nikos PapageorgiouTetrys 607 Apartament / CR2 Arquitetura. Image © Cris FarhatJade Residence / E/L Studio. Image © Pepper WatkinsApartament in Korydallos / Plaini and Karahalios Architects. Image © Nikos Papageorgiou+ 29

A monochrome environment is a space in which most architectural elements are of a single color. Although it is common for architects to design black or white monochromatic spaces due to its neutrality, it is possible to use almost any color to design a space, taking advantage of their infinite tones, undertones, and shades.

Architecture in Mexico: Exploring Houses to Understand the Territory of Mérida

Casa ALTABRISA / Boyancé Arquitectos. Image © David CerveraUn Patio / P11 Arquitectos. Image © Eduardo Calvo SantisbónCasa de monte / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo EspinosaCasa del Limonero / Taller Estilo Arquitectura. Image © David Cervera+ 25

The city of Merida –capital of the Yucatan state in Mexico– is a region that has experienced a rise in architectural development in recent years due to the emerging talent that has made a name for itself with national awards and biennial proposals throughout the country. Due to Merida's tropical climate, the architecture on this site corresponds to specific geographical conditions that make it one of the most visited destinations in the world.

Best Houses of 2019

© Quang Tran© Simon Wilson with Amelia Holmes© Peter Eckert© Shigeo Ogawa+ 51

More than 5.000 architecture projects were published in ArchDaily this year.  Year after year, we curate hundreds of residential projects, and as we know our readers love houses, we compiled a selection of the most visited residential projects published on the site. 

Set in various locations around the world, in urban, rural, mountain and beach landscapes; a variety of structural designs, from traditional masonry to the most technological prefabricated systems; from small dwellings to large houses and materials such as concrete, wood, and bricks as the most used. We also found their design and typology solutions were very much aligned with their specific settings and all of them share a strong dialogue between the house and nature, whether it is its direct surroundings or the introduction of green into a more condensed urban setting. 

This selection of 50 houses highlights the most visited examples during these twelve months and, according to our readers, were the most attractive in innovation, construction techniques, and design challenges. Check them out below:

Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples

Casa de monte / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo EspinosaFagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune. Image © Åke E:son LindmanPombal / AZO. Sequeira Arquitectos Associados. Image © Nelson GarridoHouse for a Stationer / Architecture for London. Image © Christian Brailey+ 28

Because it doesn't include a bathtub, or require doors, screens, or curtains, the walk-in shower often makes bathrooms appear larger, cleaner, and more minimalist. 

However, some precautions must be taken when designing them. Most importantly, the shower cannot be left completely open, even if it appears to be at first glance. Most designs incorporate a tempered glass that prevents water from "bouncing" out of the shower space, subtly closing the area. When this transparent division doesn't have a frame, the appearance of fungi due to accumulation of water and moisture becomes less likely.

Lake House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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Merida, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: CASTEL, Comex, Predeco, Tecnolite, URREA

Concrete Architecture: 20 Outstanding Projects in Mexico

Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime NavarroCasa Lomas / Oficio Taller. Image © Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsClub de Niños y Niñas / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica. Image © Arturo ArrietaCasa Orgánica / Javier Senosiain. Image Cortesía de Javier Senosian+ 23

Concrete, a material commonly used in the construction industry, is made of a binder combined with aggregates (or gravels), water, and certain additives. Its origins reach back as far as Ancient Egypt, when the construction of large structures created the need for a new kind of material: one which was liquid, featured properties of natural stones, could be molded, and communicated a sense of nobility and grandeur. 

Monte House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  42
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: CASTEL, Comex, Tecnolite, Trivasa, URREA

8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco MartínezCafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick LópezRural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis LuqueSport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar+ 9

Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces.

Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel.

While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we've selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.