Situated on a trapezoidal site with two sides facing the street, Casa Kutz is a surprisingly cozy and expansive family home with lots of interesting design features. It was designed by studio CPDA Arquitectos in 2018 and is located in Merida, Mexico. Its owners wanted it to be a casual, practical and low-maintenance retreat, a place where they could spend their vacations and holidays with the whole family.
The house is exposed to the street on three sides which limits its overall privacy
The hot climate and the unusual shape of the site raised quite a few design challenges which the architects took head-on. They designed the house to respond to the sun’s natural path, with closed sections facing West and three volumes that open up to the North. At the same time, the house enjoys a close connection with the outdoors and features a swimming pool just outside the living area.
The only side of the house not facing the street is where most of the social gathering spaces are clusteredthe indoor living areas seamlessly open towards a terrace which is turn connects to the swimming poolThe other sections of the house enjoy their own special connection with the outdoors in the form of individual little courtyardsThe facades are mainly closed off, with the windows and a minimalistic aesthetic
Internally, there’s a clear distinction between the private and the social areas. One of the three volumes houses 3 bedrooms on two floors, another volume has social functions on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs while the third volume is only dedicated to entertainment areas and features an 8 meter high ceiling. This area acts as the main gathering space which feels natural given the central position of the volume and its imposing high ceiling. Sliding doors seamlessly open the space to a terrace which acts as a second living room. A marble kitchen island and an elegant wooden table for eight designate a separate dining area with sliding privacy screens between the two functions.
A smaller slightly elevated terrace sits in the continuation of the pool, complementing it
The outdoor terraces follow the outline of the house, acting as extensions for the indoor living areasLush vegetation forms a border on this side of the house, offering privacyThe central volume of the house has a high ceiling and large sliding doors facing the terrace and gardenAlthough the site might seem very limited, it actually expands quite a bit at the back of the houseThe private and the social sections of the house act as separate, independent areasThe dining room can be separated from the kitchen through sliding semi-opaque doorsThe sliding screens offer flexibility, allowing the two spaces to become oneThe white marble kitchen island contrasts with the rest of the decor and adds an elegant touch to the spaceThe backsplash is a trio of windows which let in natural light and offer a view of the gardenAmbient lights have been seamlessly embedded into the landscape, adding curb appeal