Casa Chaaltun by Tescala Architects

Elevated walls with marble slats form a canopy above the terrace and swimming pool of this house, which Tescala Architects has based on the natural surroundings in Yucatán, Mexico.

Casa Chaaltun is located in a gated community in the north of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of the Yucatán – known for its Mayan ruins.

The Mexican studio designed the residence to “evoke the natural and cultural context” of its surroundings.

Among these features is the choice of local materials, including stone, marble and chukum – a finish made from tree resin and limestone. They are all used in a contemporary fashion, as demonstrated by the slats.

A number of elements are also based on the area’s natural forms. A key example is the swimming pool and deck at the heart of the residence, which Tescala Architects modelled on cenotes – sunken water-filled limestone pits and caves that are dotted around the Yucatán peninsula.

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