The best residential design makes the most of an awkwardly shaped site to provide clients something that suits their needs—and does so gracefully. This three-story concrete house in Merida, Mexico, designed by Taller Estilo Arquitectura, is one such clever answer to the problem of a wonky piece of land.
The house rises above the limitations of its lush, narrow site, literally: Encompassing three stories, "Raw House"—so named for the largely unaltered natural materials of which it's made—includes a breezy open-plan, double-height living and dining room (plus kitchen) on the ground level, which leads right out to a backyard terrace with a small pool and garden. The second level is technically a mezzanine, with a multipurpose space with a bit of seating and storage. Bedrooms and bathrooms take the more private third level.
Off the master bedroom, a tiny courtyard that can be closed off via sliding glass or opened up for fresh air and light provides a contemplative space, should one want to roll right out of bed and into a chair in the sun.
∙ All Concrete Homes [Curbed]