CASA SLON The house is located in the downtown area of Mérida,Yucatan,Mexico where centers of the block in the area continue green and include old leafy, lush trees. As a project considered as a second residence or a residence used intermittently throughout the year, the set-up is a simple two-story layout where the service and social areas are clearly differentiated on the ground floor and the private areas are on the top floor. The focal architectural element of the project consists of an organic shape two story high staircase, which connects both floors while at the same time distributing and creating an interesting visual range. The house is conceived as a structure which is closed off to the street (where there is considerable pedestrian and vehicular movement) by means of a blind façade treatment, combined with the strategy of placing a walled-in vestibular courtyard open on the ground floor.
There is a green space located on the rooftop which provides buffering and insulation both visually and acoustically.
In contrast, the south side of the house opens completely onto the rear patio and the greenness of the large pre-existing trees of the neighbors, which act as an attractive backdrop. Stone is the other great protagonist here, due to its being not only visibly integrated into the interior walls extending over two levels, but also used in the rear courtyard thus giving it personality and regional character with a high tactile and visual value. Included are semi-open, pergola-type terraces, balconies, green rooftops and open patios which provide enjoyment as well as providing a connection with the outside, creating light and shadow contrasts, living areas, areas that provide shade for eating outside, or merely to just enjoy the views of the sky through voids in the concrete roof-slabs. The bioclimatic (or energy conscious) design is incorporated holistically, thus enhancing thermal comfort throughout the house. Cross-ventilation is incorporated throughout the areas, as well as a bi-directional wind sensor system to increase flow in critical areas. On the other hand, natural light is maximized to the fullest, while providing protection from direct radiation by means of overhangs, built-in sliding louvered doors (or shutters), pergola-type terraces, and glass blocks in slabs which create interesting light effects on the interior walls.