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The Rustic Beauty of the Chukum in Modern Mexican Architecture

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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.

Copal Tulum Building / Studio Arquitectos

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Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: Studio Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8934
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Acabado Chukum, Cocinas Palma

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.

Ka’a Tulum Housing Complex / Studio Arquitectos

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Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: Studio Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1048
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Chukum, Illux, MELNOR, Magg

Amaranto Tulum House / Studio Arquitectos

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Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: Studio Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  463
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, BOSE, Hansgrohe, Viking, Chukum, +5

16 Mexican Projects That Use Wood in Wondrous Ways

BRUMA Winery / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual. Image © Miguel Ángel Mayoral RodríguezCasa Media Perra / Santos Bolívar. Image © Humberto RomeroTreehouse Suite / Deture Culsign, Architecture+Interiors. Image © The Cubic StudioDepartamentos Artia / AS Arquitectura + CO-LAB Design Office. Image © Onnis Luque+ 19

Wood has been an indispensable material in the history of civilization. Different regions from around the world have used it for specific climatic conditions. Mexico, as we have mentioned on several occasions, is an extensive country where different climates, resources and ways of life fit. Therefore the application of wood in architecture has been developed in a number of ways, from its structural use to produce roofs for Mayan huts to projects that seek to revive vernacular architecture.

While the handling of this material is difficult due to its specific detail management, it presents a multitude of benefits from its aesthetic appeal, air circulation, and even smell. Take a look at 16 Mexican projects that use wood in wondrous ways. 

Ro House / Aarón Carrillo Díaz

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Pachuca, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1230
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Hansgrohe, Angolo

Una Vida Boutique Villas / Studio arquitectos

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Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: Studio arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1050
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Chukum

T House / Studio Arquitectos

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Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: Studio Arquitectos
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: American Standard, Ikea, Helvex, Llano de la Torre, Technolite, +1