Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida
Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida
Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida

The multi-family complex accommodates 54 families in the city of Mérida, in the Mexican state of Yucatán, and is based on the idea of fragmenting a large volume into four smaller parts in which the entire housing programme is developed

The lot on which Corazón de Tierra is located is rectangular, covering an area of 4700 square metres with a south-north orientation. P11 Arquitectos' design idea is based on dividing a large volume into four parts: the "cracks" created will be used for access, circulation and the various social areas reserved for the residential complex

Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida

Between the two compositional axes that emerge, the transversal one frames the access, leading to the central space and ending with the social area, the longitudinal one, delimited by a stone wall, which crosses through the entire space. These same slits seek to take advantage of the prevailing winds in the region, capturing breezes from the north and east

Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida

The spaces have a north-south orientation, guaranteeing greater climatic comfort, necessary in a city as hot as Mérida. The façades, with their alternation of full and empty spaces, create a play of light and shadow, giving rhythm, movement and character to the building. The prevailing materials are local materials, giving the building greater identity and a sense of place

Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida

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