Trava & Quintero Homes / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Las Casas Trava & Quintero are two rehabilitation initiatives for the constructed heritage of the Santa Lucia neighborhood, some of the touristy areas within the Historic Middle of town of Merida (Mexico). The purpose is to remodel them into two areas for short-term lodging, making the most of their privileged location behind one of many metropolis’s hottest public squares attributable to its cultural choices.
Each constructing initiatives observe the rules of conservation establishments and suggest the mixing of their facades and materials palettes with a view to get better the dimensions of the unique constructions within the neighborhood. This method affords an alternate resolution to the city picture points which have arisen from the subdivision of properties within the space.
When the challenge started, each buildings had been working as business areas for a number of years and had undergone a number of interventions that responded to the speedy wants of the tenants on the time. Step one was to take away the added components with a view to perceive the unique construction of each buildings.
As soon as this was executed, the ensuing areas have been analyzed to see how they may very well be tailored to the brand new actions that will happen in them. Equally, the entrances and horizontal and vertical circulation have been redesigned with a view to enhance the habitability of the areas, offering them with cross-ventilation and pure lighting.
The challenge included the reconstruction of the slabs, the whole alternative of the installations, and the appliance of latest finishes wherever essential, as all of the earlier ones have been in a complicated state of degradation. Equally, the heights of the slabs have been standardized and the openings of doorways and home windows have been aligned.
When it comes to the architectural program, Casa Trava (entrance left) is a 2-bedroom non-public residence with 1 shared rest room, a kitchen, a social space (eating room-living room), a half-bathroom, a laundry room, an open patio, and a shallow pool. Casa Quintero (entrance proper) is a 1-bedroom residence with an open loft-style bed room, 1 rest room with a tub, a kitchen, a social space with a double-height ceiling, a laundry area of interest, an open patio, and a pool.
The materiality proposal seeks to focus on the historical past of the homes and reply to the attribute moisture issues in buildings of this kind. A part of the patina of the partitions (a product of the passage of time) was preserved and framed by the repairs made to the deteriorated components and the place the brand new installations handed by way of.
For the wall and ceiling finishes, lime paint was used, besides within the damp areas the place a water-resistant stucco with a clean end was used. The masonry of the adjoining partitions was additionally uncovered. For the inside flooring, tough grey concrete, Santo Tomas marble, and paste have been used. Open perimeter joints have been left on the bottom flooring to permit for moisture launch. Native permeable gravel with hammered concrete plates was used for the outside.