- Quinta Montes Molina Pavilion, MATERIA
MATERIA,the studio founded by the architect Gustavo Carmona with Lisa Beltrán is behind an expansion project in an extra-special heritage listed context: the villa Quinta Montes Molina in Merida, Yucatan state, Mexico. Since 2003, this sumptuous historical building has been used as a location for events and temporary tends were regularly put up in its extensive gardens as protection from the elements.
The clients decided they wanted a permanent structure that would blend in properly with the existing building and the gardens. The designers from MATERIA responded with an elegant pavilion composed of 36 slim columns that form a C-shaped promenade supporting a canopy, underscoring the “empty” space in the middle. Then, when necessary, a retractable roof can protect that same gap so events can be held in all weather conditions.
Gustavo Carmona and Lisa Beltrán opted for prefabricated elements in white concrete as the construction materials for the columns, combined with local stone. This solution shortened construction times to under 3 months and also fits in well with the pale colours of the villa and the urban context of Merida, where white dominates.
The apparent lightness of the pavilion and its ethereal feel actually hide the hurricane-safe statics because all the elements have been anchored according to good industry practice and a steel grid along the colonnade edge serves as a track for a retractable roof that may be closed during rainy days, also improving structural stability.
The Quinta Montes Molina Pavillon by MATERIA is, therefore, a truly harmonious extension to the context of the villa and the gardens, not only an integrated element of them but also a significant addition whose visual and stylistic connection with the existing building enhances the dynamics and spirit of the place.
Project: MATERIA - Gustavo Carmona and Lisa Beltrán
Collaboratosi: Karla Uribe, Gustavo Xoxotla, Raybel Cuevas
;ication: Merida, Yucatan, Messico
Inages: Jaime Navarro, Onnis Luque