1. Home
  2. /
  3. Houses
  4. /
  5. El Nido House in Merida, Mexico by Taller Estilo Arquitectur...

El Nido House in Merida, Mexico by Taller Estilo Arquitectura

Project name:
Casa El Nido
Architecture firm:
Taller Estilo Arquitectura
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Tamara Uribe
Principal architect:
Víctor Alejandro Cruz Domínguez, Iván Atahualpa Hernández Salazar, Luís Armando Estrada Aguilar
Design team:
Silvia Cuitún Coronado, Ana Karen Domínguez Peniche, Zahid Quintal Polanco
Interior design:
Built area:
143.93 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Juan Diaz Cab
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Juan Diaz Cab, Luis Esteban Alonso Carrillo
The walls and ceilings are covered with grey burnished cement, leaving the ground floor with white burnished and polished cement, while a bamboo floor covering was used upstairs
Residential › House

Taller Estilo Arquitectura: The concept and name of the project El Nido stands for nest and comes from the Latin word nidus. The term refers to the shelter that birds build with branches, straws and other elements. Just as they make their nests, the goal of this house was to achieve a refuge to be inhabited and enjoyed without major complications, creating a project of great simplicity yet of great spatial richness by using a minimal and simple palette of materials.

Casa El Nido is built on a lot of 4.70 x 26.00 meters as a response to the needs of the users to have a space where experiences and ideas are generated, weaving together a pre-existing building with a completely new one, creating a suture with an empty space, giving the new building the prominence as a great protective envelope for the inhabitants.

Mexican neighborhood in Merida image © Tamara Uribe

The existing part acts as an entry point to the house. Its original essence is preserved with original clay floors, stuccoed and painted walls, leaving an exposed vestige of the stone masonry walls and stuccoed ceilings with the exposed metal structure. This building houses an inner room and directs the user towards the transition point and towards the new building.

The suture point between both buildings is an open space that allows observing and dimensioning the contemporary element completely finished in burnished grey cement and foldable glass walls. This transitional space houses a small pool and an open courtyard surrounded by a garden consisting mainly of stone elements both as walls and floors.

The large volume houses the double-height dining room, the kitchen area and one bedroom with a bathroom and an interior garden on the ground floor and a study and another bedroom with a full bathroom on the upper floor, with the logic of creating the public areas in the front part of the house and the private ones at the rear.

modern house with small pool image © Tamara Uribe

We take the basic elements of the space, walls, slabs and floors, and generate two adjoining load-bearing walls and a slab supported on them creating a large volume that can accommodate two floors thanks to the use of a mezzanine. The generated volume is closed at its ends following the need to create interior spaces that host the different activities of daily life.

The walls and ceilings are covered with grey burnished cement, leaving the ground floor with white burnished and polished cement, while a bamboo floor covering was used upstairs. The vertical circulation cube separates the public area from the private and gives access to the mezzanine level and to the roof terrace where an area for rest and observation of the city is created in the shade of a tree.

El Nido House in Merida, Mexico by Taller Estilo Arquitectura

house with pool at open courtyard

kitche island and bar stools

modern kitchen interior

backyard garden of the house

window to open courtyard

master bedroom with inner patio

open central courtyard of the house

bathroom vanity and washing basin

modern kitchen island design

living room with natural stone wall

living room sofa and coffee table

bedroom with wooden floor

upper floor living space

roof top outdoor space and furniture

wooden staircase

modern house with illumination at night

The nest house in Merida

bedroom interior design

bedroom decoration

ground floor plan

first floor plan

roof plan

main facade drawing

architectural section drawing

architecture section drawing

architecture illustration drawing

architectural section drawing

Connect with the Taller Estilo Arquitectura

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

Share on: