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This Eco-Conscious Mexican Pad Has Beauty and Brains

All photos by by Pim Schalkwijk, Tim Street Porter via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/architecture/reyes-rios-larrain-arquitectos-casa-itzimna-merida-mexico-06-15-2015/">Designboom</a>
All photos by by Pim Schalkwijk, Tim Street Porter via Designboom

Mexico is no stranger to high-design residences, but this one could be among the country's most eco-conscious. Set on a scenic stretch of the Yucatan peninsula, the house is the work of local firm Reyes Ríos + Larraín Arquitectos, who deployed a hybrid structural system that uses steel and cellular concrete—a lightweight, foam-like, eco-friendly version of the common construction material. The result is a house, dubbed Casa Itzimná, that's breezy—with its covered porches and bamboo-screened indoor-outdoor corridors—but still has some structural heft (we're looking at you, steel framing).


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