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Photo by Enrique Macias

Mexican studio Cherem Arquitectos created Casa Candelaria, an astonishing complex composed by 12 different blocks.

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Photo by Enrique Macias

The blocks are conceived around two main courtyards. This configuration comes from the historical haciendas of local culture, which were colonial houses built around courtyards where people used to live and work.

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Photo by Enrique Macias

The reference to the local culture is preserved not only in the layout of the building but also on the materials. In fact, Casa Candelaria was entirely built using materials from the site.

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Photo by Enrique Macias

The house needed to stand Mexico’s harsh weather conditions, so it is configured in a way it stays cool during summer and warm during the colder months.

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The 12 blocks are connected by patios and corridors, and the total area of the blocks equals 930 square meters. Out of the 12 blocks, the main house presents a swimming pool and a jacuzzi, being it the main living center of the whole building.

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Photo by Enrique Macias