DRAWING FROM THE PRE-COLONIAL HERITAGE OF MÉRIDA
In Mérida, a Mexican city known for its limestone colonial architecture and a rich Mayan legacy, architect Ludwig Godefroy designs this Casa Dzul. Paying homage to the region’s ancient temples, the structure takes shape with a modern, brutalist style which works to capture the essence of Mayan heritage with its staggered, exposed concrete forms. Thus, it evokes a temple ruin emerging from the lush Yucatán jungle. This home is available to rent through Airbnb, offering travelers a chance to experience the historic design influence translated through a contemporary lens.
LUDWIG GODEFROY EVOKES A TEMPLE RUIN
The team led by Ludwig Godefroy sites its Casa Dzul in Mérida, which is nicknamed ‘The White City’ for its immaculately white-washed buildings, many of which use stone sourced directly from Mayan ruins. With its colonial urban fabric, the Yucatán capital sets the stage for a new architecture that stands in playful opposition to its surroundings. Casa Dzul gracefully disrupts the city’s traditional aesthetic by embracing the allure of cast concrete and harmoniously enveloping itself in lush greenery. Godefroy’s vision weaves together the villa’s concrete volumes and vibrant vegetation, an artistic reinterpretation of Mérida’s famed limestone structures and Mayan heritage.