If you happen to might stay anyplace, the place wouldn’t it be? For one well-traveled British couple (he’s a frequent-flying businessman; she’s within the hospitality trade), it’s the tropics of Mexico. They moved to the colonial metropolis of Mérida in 2007, beguiled by the “fantastic climate and Yucatan life-style,” he says. Now that they’ve remodeled a derelict 100-year-old constructing within the coronary heart of the historic district into an eclectic and ethereal dwelling, there’s nowhere else they’d somewhat be.
“Mérida is an fascinating metropolis of arts and tradition, snug in its personal pores and skin,” says the house owner. The identical may very well be stated of their traditionally delicate transform, which was overseen by native structure agency Taller Estilo Arquitectura. They retained the unique footprint, room proportions, and lots of the unique architectural particulars however added a brand new trendy addition to the rear. In addition they selected to maintain the concrete exterior’s light patina. From the busy road, the single-story construction blends in with the opposite time-worn buildings; inside, it’s a quiet sanctuary, artfully up to date for contemporary life.
“The general restful ambiance of the home and the secluded backyard make it really feel as if the home is just not in the course of a thriving metropolis,” he says of his dwelling’s twin nature.
Under, he offers us a tour of their self-named Casa Cool.
Pictures by Apertura Arquitectónica, courtesy of Taller Estilo Arquitectura, until in any other case famous.