Casa Houlpoch is an old Yucatecan house from the end of the last century that gets its name from a snake from the region that regularly “visited” the property’s ruins.
Behind its colonial facade, this house accommodates four bedrooms and a studio apartment, with a total of 315 square meters of construction.
Upon entering the hall, we are welcomed by an old cast iron lamp (very common to observe in the nineteenth-century houses of the city) that hangs from the original metal beams that together with the white wooden beams embellish the high ceilings of the residence.
The kitchen, with finishings in pasta tile and white quartz, has a reinterpretation of the old Yucatecan hoods above the stove. The pendant lamps, by Axoque Studio, harmonize the space and integrate themselves into the wooden furniture such as the tzalambenches and the dining room table, which were brought from Mozambique, a country where the Dutch owners lived before settling in the Yucatan peninsula.
The dining room is connected to the terrace through a sliding glass door, generating a feeling of spaciousness and clarity where the visuals escape to the exterior.
In the central courtyard, a chukum pool surrounds the stone remains of an old colonial structure where a large tree generates a spectacular play of light and shadow with its frond, creating the perfect atmosphere to host an outdoor kitchen.
The public and private parts of the house are symbolically connected by the perimeter fence that plays with two different textures, on one hand, we have the original stone brickwork in the lower part, and in the upper part a new wall finished with chukum, linking the past with the present.