MERIDA, MEXICO – CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCE
Mérida, Mexico (May 2015) – In the heart of the Mayan civilization and just minutes away from the archeological site of Dizibilchaltun, David Patterson and Maria Jose Sansores are setting new standards for the future of the Mexico, and potentially all of Latin America. With the construction of their family “green” dream home, Casa Ecomaya is a spectacular 3,900 square-foot four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath luxurious, modern design house featuring technology new to Mexico, state-of-the art amenities, a home automation system, solar panels, eco-friendly VOC paint, plus much more.
Casa Ecomaya, located in the magnificent Jack Nicklaus-designed Yucatan Country Club community , will serve as a showroom and educational tool for homeowners and professionals, demonstrating the opportunities and advantages of earth-friendly, energy efficient homes.
The combination of green building concepts and design merged with a unique mixture of advanced and local material is an original concept in an unexplored market. “This house is the first of its kind in Mexico, providing an example of a healthier, more sustainable way of living without sacrificing comfort or style. It shows our kids what’s possible if you follow your dreams, while helping ensure the future of the planet so they can follow theirs.” explained Patterson. Neither Patterson, a US native who moved to the Yucatan in 1999, nor his wife Sansores, a Mexican national, set out to be environmental construction pioneers. The couple spent years exploring Mexico to source the technology to build a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified home for their growing multi-cultural family of four.
The Yucatan Country Club is a 330 hectare exclusive gated community just outside Mérida, Mexico. This residential development offers different residential models, built around a spectacular Jack Nicklaus Design golf course and clubhouse amenities beyond all expectations.
The curvilinear insulated wall is the main architectural feature of the home. Omni Block was used in this wall. Since this was the first house built in México, the structural engineer was unfamiliar with the structural capability of Omni Block’s block, concrete columns were additionally used. Buildings since this structural engineering have used Omni Block’s structural recommendations and have incorporated the corner/jamb block into the design.
Architect: Seijo Peon Arquitectos y Asociados
General Contractor and Mason: Construdar
Sustainability Consulting: SK Collaborative and Inedit