Ludwig Godefroy’s Casa Mérida
The French-born, Mexico City based architect sought to reference designs created by the indigenous Mayan community throughout the project. He asked: “How is it possible to build architecture that reflects and considers the Yucatán identity, to make this house belong to its territory? In other words, how could this house be Mayan?”.
To address “How is it possible to build architecture that reflects and considers the Yucatán identity?” these questions, Godefroy modeled the home after a Sacbe, a paved road system that was used in ancient times to connect the different communities of a Mayan city. Bolstering this concept was the unusual proportions of the site, which spans a staggering 80 meters long, but measures just eight meters in width, like “a big lane.”