The local materials and traditions of RED Arquitectos? Casa Noma

How to build a house in a beautiful natural environment Holbox Island Off the northern coast of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo? Originally colonized by the Mayans, the island is only 42 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide, but its small size is filled with great vacation spots. There are no cars on Holbox Island; People get around by bike or golf cart.
It is clear that construction on such a site, which has already been endangered by extensive construction, takes special care, and therefore is an architect Susana Lopez Gonzalez and her team at red architects She chooses building solutions that reduce the home’s environmental impact.
The house is mainly built from coconut palm wooda material that is naturally available in the area but is rarely used for housing, making Casa Numa a virtuous example of its environmental impact and aesthetic value.
The house is spread over two levels, with a total area of ​​160 sq. go ahead Trees: tall, perennial, ornamental, reaching 15 to 45 m in height, famous for its fruits. The wood of this tree is also used to make an external staircase that connects the ground floor, and contains a dining room, bathroom and master bedroom, as well as a patio and pool, with two other bedrooms, a bathroom and a balcony on the first floor.
The rest of the house is built of coconut palm wood from the mainland, which provides vertical slats of the house cladding. This screen acts as a sun-breaking facade to relieve the heat of the Mexican sun by day and create a lantern-like light play at night.
The use of RED Arquitectos for wood offers additional advantages: Material Thermal inertia Improves the indoor climate and increases its speed construction time Compared to classic building materials. Casa Numa was built in just three months, plus another month to complete the interiors, which feature the use of sustainable decorating methods such as the ancient Mayan stucco technique called Chocum, used in place of paint. Chukum is named after its main ingredient, the resin of the chukum tree, a species endemic to the Mexican Yucatan region, mixed with the mound of white sand. The resin makes the material waterproof, ideal for a beachfront home, while giving it a warm, pink color without the use of artificial colourants.
Casa Numa by RED Arquitectos skillfully combines contemporary style with local materials and traditions to create a sustainable vacation home.Christian Burkeley

Project: RED Arquitectos
Location: Hole Box, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Year: 2021
Photos: JAG Studio, Miguel Calancini

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