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Seijo Peon Arquitectos: A Delightful Family Home in Merida

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Here’s a house that makes great use of large expanses of windowless stucco to create a canvas for offsetting the three pretty colours of Spain’s terracottas against each other.

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The house is sited in Mérida, an old town settled by the Spanish in the balmy dry warm climate inland on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

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Designed by Seijo Peon Arquitectos, much of it is completely open air for al fresco dining and living.

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Slicing through the garden, the entrance from the street leads directly to an enclosed glass corridor leading to enclosed bedrooms.

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To one side of that corridor, this fully al fresco dining room is sheltered only from the heat of the sun under a cooling high ceiling.

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From the garden gate, the first view is a welcome from the family in the open air living and dining outdoor room.

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No eating at the kitchen sink for this family.

The kitchen, not shown, is a separate and very spacious room to the right.

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This is an eating space for savouring the joys of family and friends.

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Large paving stones create a seamless transition from exterior to ‘interior’ space.

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The corridor along the entire length of the house is glassed on both sides as it passes a garden space between the kitchen and the bedrooms.

So from the garden you can see through this part of the house.

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Terraces off the bedrooms also connect with the garden.

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Contrasting with entirely open ‘rooms, large expanses of featureless stucco wall allow a jolt of colour like the simplest canvas.

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Together with its sober and efficient layout, this changing palette of colour brings moments of joy in traversing the spaces.

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The house has a very interesting quality.

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One might be startled by a visitor at the front gate as one leaves a bedroom.

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But the front gate is locked. It acts as a front door.

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In this way, the entire indoors and outdoors space has become ‘the house.’

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Combining the private courtyard spaces of traditional Spanish living with the influence of Mies Van der Rohe, in this effortlessly simple and original and yet straightforward design, one experiences a calm and pure pleasure in the joy of living.

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