Architect Ludwig Godefroy has designed this fragmented concrete house, which spans an 80-metre-long site in Mérida, Mexico, to draw on Mayan traditions and culture.

The Mexico City architect completed the house in Mérida, the largest city in Yucatán state, which is regarded as the capital of the indigenous Mayan civilisation. The architect sought to reference designs from this ancient community across the project.”How is it possible to build architecture that reflects and considers the Yucatán identity, to make this house belong to its territory? In other words, how could this house be Mayan?,” Godefroy asked.

Working to his advantage was the unusual proportions of the site measuring eight metres wide and roughly the length of three-quarters of a football field.This space allowed him to explore the concept of a long, fragmented residence that he said references a Sacbe, an ancient Mayan road system used to connect different communities.Those straight lines used to connect all together the different elements, temples, plazas, pyramids and cenotes of a Mayan city; sacred ways which could even go from one site to another along a few hundred kilometers,” he explained.

 

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