This is the case of this house, “casa 3”, situated in the original Acapulco Town, very near the yatch Club that held the nautical activities of the 1968 Olympics, a house build by functionalist architect Hector Mestre in the year 1953, in a complex of 5 house, this particular house with a special condition, that is placed right on the bay with no construction obstructing the view of the old port, the ancient fort and the Modern bay.
Our clients asked for an addition and a renewal, for us the challenge was to conserve the original architecture with the new expectations of living in the 21’st century, more space of storage, new technology and new dynamics and programs in contemporary families.
The addition consists, in redistributing the bathrooms, more open, much more space, and a new living-terrace-bar-dinning space with a new pool facing the bay, as the original pool was placed in a back terrace. The materials are place with the criteria of not competing with the old house but not to be lost with them. Showing what is new and what is old, with out making a competition was a clear strategy for us.
The new area is the main heart of the house, articulating all of the other areas, including an old Salt-water pond in the lower part of the site.
Location: Acapulco, Guerrero