Casa Houlpoch is an old Yucatecan house from the end of the last century that gets its name from a snake from the region that regularly “visited” the property’s ruins.Behind its colonial facade, this house accommodates four bedrooms and a studio apartment, with a total of 315 square meters of construction.
▼项目概览，overall of the project ©Tamara Uribe
▼由泳池看公共空间一侧，viewing the public part from the pool ©Tamara Uribe
▼原生树木与原始建筑残骸，original tree and ruins of the old house ©Tamara Uribe
▼泳池与室外休闲区，pool and outdoor leisure space ©Tamara Uribe
In the central courtyard, a chukum pool surrounds the stone remains of an old colonial structure where a large tree generates a spectacular play of light and shadow with its frond, creating the perfect atmosphere to host an outdoor kitchen. The public and private parts of the house are symbolically connected by the perimeter fence that plays with two different textures, on one hand, we have the original stone brickwork in the lower part, and in the upper part a new wall finished with chukum, linking the past with the present.
▼下部为原始砖石与上部为chukum灰泥的围墙，the original stone brickwork in the lower part, and in the upper part a new wall finished with chukum ©Tamara Uribe
▼户外厨房与聚会区，outdoor kitchen and party area ©Tamara Uribe
▼公共区一侧体量，The volumetry of the public living part ©Tamara Uribe
▼私密区一侧体量，The volumetry of the bedroom part ©Tamara Uribe
▼由泳池看私密区一侧体量，viewing the bedroom from the pool ©Tamara Uribe
▼由台阶上看泳池，viewing the pool from the steps ©Tamara Uribe
▼建筑细部，detail of the building ©Tamara Uribe
The volumetry of the back of the property reads as a totally disruptive design from the historical part of the residence where the steps to the second level (where two rooms and a terrace are located) serve as a visual axis and as a sculptural element, becoming the hallmark of its architecture for its dynamism. The “meandering” with which the Casa Houlpoch stairs begin takes as inspiration the millenary staircase of the ancient temple of Kukulkán (Feathered Serpent and god in Mayan mythology) in Chichén Itzá, where at each equinox it can be observed as the deity (formed due to the effects of the light and the shadow that is generated), descends from the upper part of the temple.
the steps serve as a visual axis and as a sculptural element ©Tamara Uribe
The entrance steps meander like those of a temple ©Tamara Uribe
▼台阶细部，details of the steps ©Tamara Uribe
步入大厅，首先映入眼帘的是一盏老旧的铸铁灯，这种灯具在19世纪的城市住宅中很常见，它悬挂在原有的金属梁上，与白色的木梁一起点缀着住宅高耸的天花板。客厅色调柔和，Artesano设计的现代休闲家具与绿色植物和谐地融合在一起，客厅中还装饰有一系列由Galería Urbana Blanquis采购的艺术作品，例如茶几上有意思的Timoteo艺术摆件，沙发上方的由Pedro Friedeberg创作的插画等等，这些艺术作品为整个空间注入了趣味性与色彩。带有灰色图样的地面砖被白色的地砖包围，在视觉上宛如一条真正的地毯。三扇旧殖民时期的木门将客厅与厨房餐厅连接在一起。这三扇门在设计师的手中焕发出新生，同时展现出自己的特性与历史价值。
Upon entering the hall, we are welcomed by an old cast iron lamp (very common to observe in the nineteenth-century houses of the city) that hangs from the original metal beams that together with the white wooden beams embellish the high ceilings of the residence. The Livingroom, in pastel tones, has modern and casual furniture by Artesano, integrating greenery and pieces of art from Galería Urbana Blanquis, such as a playful Timoteo on the center table and a painting by Pedro Friedeberg above the sofa, crowning the space. The gray pasta tile “carpet” is surrounded by an antique white floor border that joins the kitchen and dining room through three old colonial doors that were reused, as they were found, preserving their character and its historical value.
▼客厅，living room ©Tamara Uribe
▼铸铁灯与白色天花板，Cast iron lamps and white ceilings ©Tamara Uribe
Art Sculpture on coffee Table and Art Painting above the sofa ©Tamara Uribe
▼三扇旧殖民时期的木门将客厅与厨房餐厅连接在一起，Three old colonial wooden doors connect the living room to the kitchen and dining room©Tamara Uribe
The kitchen, with finishings in pasta tile and white quartz, has a reinterpretation of the old Yucatecan hoods above the stove. The pendant lamps, by Axoque Studio, harmonize the space and integrate themselves into the wooden furniture such as the tzalam benches and the dining room table, which were brought from Mozambique, a country where the Dutch owners lived before settling in the Yucatan peninsula.
▼厨房餐厅，kitchen and dining ©Tamara Uribe
▼餐厅，dining ©Tamara Uribe
▼由餐厅看客厅，viewing the living room from the dining ©Tamara Uribe
▼餐厅细部，detail of the dining ©Tamara Uribe
餐厅通过滑动玻璃门连接到露台，这种设置不仅营造出宽敞通透的空间氛围，同时将人们的视线从室内延伸到室外。露台空间中，房屋主人的三种文化背景通过装饰品与家具完美地展现并融合在一起，茶几、茶几上的装饰盘，以及地上的鼓都来自莫桑比克，两张乌得勒支沙发椅则采用了由荷兰设计师兼建筑师Gerrit Rietvelt设计的图案花纹。长沙发的上方悬挂着一副由墨西哥艺术Fernando Andriacci创作的画，对面墙上则悬挂着一尊具有鲜明Huichol艺术风格的牛头骨装饰品，下方则是一辆经过涂鸦的传统荷兰自行车，涂鸦的主题为“王子之旅”。
The dining room is connected to the terrace through a sliding glass door, generating a feeling of spaciousness and clarity where the visuals escape to the exterior. It is in this space where through decoration and furniture, the three cultures with which the owners identify themselves converge, the table, its centerpiece, and the drum, were brought from Mozambique, as well as the patterns on fabric that covers two Utrecht chairs by Dutch designer and architect Gerrit Rietvelt. On the sofa rests a painting by the Mexican artist Fernando Andriacci and on the opposite side a cow’s head adorned with beads of Huichol art stands out as a decorative element just above a traditional Dutch bicycle with the colors of the Prinsenvlag.
▼半室外露台空间，semi-outdoor terrace ©Tamara Uribe
▼墙面上牛头装饰与下方的自行车艺术品，Cow head decoration on the wall and bicycle art below ©Tamara Uribe
With a much simpler design, the master bedroom on the first level has a headboard made of pasta tiles on which a Neon Caron painting rests. The views from the bed, escape to the exterior thanks to the use of sliding glass doors at two opposite ends of the space, the first with a view of an interior garden and the second with a view of the pool.
▼卧室一侧为泳池，One side of the bedroom is the swimming pool ©Tamara Uribe
▼卧室的另一侧为室内花园，On the other side of the bedroom is an indoor garden ©Tamara Uribe
At Casa Houlpoch we seek to respect and rescue the historical values of Yucatecan colonial architecture, combining them with contemporary details and volumes; and with the comforts of today’s life, in a reinterpretative, pure and sober way, creating different atmospheres to relax and to enjoy the outdoors in the warm peninsular climate.
▼入口立面，entrance facade ©Tamara Uribe
▼底层平面图，ground floor plan ©Workshop, Diseño y Construcción
▼二层平面图，upper floor plan ©Workshop, Diseño y Construcción
Project: Casa Huolpoch
Firm: Workshop, Diseño y Construcción
Team: Arq. Francisco Bernés Aranda, Arq. Fabián Gutiérrez Cetina, Arq. Isabel Bargas Cicero, Ing. Alejandro Bargas Cicero.
Location: Mérida, Yucatán.
Completition date: June 2021.
Covered area: (m2) : 315 m2
Interior design: Workshop, Diseño y Construcción
Photographer / website: Tamara Uribe / www.tamarauribe.com
Furniture: Artesano MX
Art: Galería Urbana Blanquis