Casa Madri

Located in a gated community in the Yucatan peninsula, Casa Madri takes cues from the tropical climate to create a family home. The two-story concrete dwelling is formed from a combination of sharp angles and soft arches that wrap around a central courtyard. Using the ancient Mayan technique of Chukum, the facade has been treated with tree sap to forge a water-resistant surface for protection from heavy rainfall while the addition of wood softens its monolithic appearance. Internally, the majority of the living spaces are placed on the upper level to take advantage of airflow. Timber screens allow for circulation and also filter in natural light, increasing efficiency and reducing the need for air conditioning. Like the exterior, rooms take a minimalist approach with a simplified palette of concrete, wood, and black metal.

Photos: Edmund Sumner / Magaldi Studio

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