Trava & Quintero Homes / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual
Textual content description offered 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 the town of Merida (Mexico). The purpose is to remodel them into two areas for momentary 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 comply with the rules of conservation establishments and suggest the mixing of their facades and materials palettes with a purpose to get well the dimensions of the unique constructions within the neighborhood. This method gives another answer to the city picture points which have arisen from the subdivision of properties within the space.
When the mission started, each buildings had been working as industrial areas for a number of years and had undergone a number of interventions that responded to the fast wants of the tenants on the time. Step one was to take away the added parts with a purpose to perceive the unique construction of each buildings.
As soon as this was achieved, the ensuing areas have been analyzed to see how they may very well be tailored to the brand new actions that might happen in them. Equally, the entrances and horizontal and vertical circulation have been redesigned with a purpose to enhance the habitability of the areas, offering them with cross-ventilation and pure lighting.
The mission included the reconstruction of the slabs, the entire substitute of the installations, and the applying of latest finishes wherever vital, 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.
By way of 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 bath, 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 elements and the place the brand new installations handed by.
For the wall and ceiling finishes, lime paint was used, besides within the damp areas the place a water-proof stucco with a easy 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 ground to permit for moisture launch. Native permeable gravel with hammered concrete plates was used for the outside.