Casa Makay: Where Stone Meets Serenity

Situated within the warm and subhumid climate of Colima, Mexico, Casa Makay by Di Frenna Arquitectos stands as a testament to the artistry of architecture and the essence of intimacy in residential design.

This stunning stone-built residence, comprised of two volumes connected by a wooden bridge, is a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition.


What sets Casa Makay apart is its thoughtful spatial distribution, which draws the gaze inward, inviting exploration of the house’s core.

Upon entering Casa Makay, one is immediately struck by the central double-height space that serves as the heart of the home. This expansive area is ingeniously designed to create a sense of connection and openness. It seamlessly opens up to reveal a central courtyard, forming an exquisite atrium, a feature rarely seen in modern residential architecture. This atrium is not just a visual delight but a tangible respite amidst the stone and concrete construction.

The atrium is adorned with a majestic myrtle tree, which not only adds a touch of greenery to the space but also provides a natural connection between the indoors and outdoors. The presence of a striking staircase within the atrium further accentuates its significance. The staircase is not just a means of circulation; it is a sculptural masterpiece that enhances the aesthetics of the atrium and acts as a functional work of art.

What truly sets Casa Makay apart is its integration with nature and the serene feeling that provides. The central courtyard and terrace are enriched by evolving vegetation that gracefully takes over the space. This evolving greenery harmonizes with the surrounding gravel, seamlessly blending into the project’s unified palette of materials. It’s a testament to how architecture can coexist with the natural world, creating a serene oasis within the confines of a modern home.

Casa Makay is a remarkable example of how thoughtful design can elevate the residential experience. It embodies the idea that a house can be more than just a structure; it can be a work of art that fosters a deep connection with nature. Di Frenna Arquitectos has masterfully crafted a home that not only shelters its inhabitants but also nourishes their souls with its central staircase, atrium, and the seamless integration of the outdoors. Casa Makay stands as a testament to the power of design to shape our lives and our relationship with the environment.

Images from Di Frenna arquitectos via Designboom

Get our enews

Design and development news that comes to you


Sun Ranch: A paradigm of luxury and creativity in Byron Bay's Hinterland

In the heart of Byron Bay's hinterland lies a sanctuary of unparalleled luxury and creativity: Sun Ranch. Spread across ...

Permeable wooden cladding merges boutique hotel with nature on a Brazilian island

In a harmonious fusion of luxury and nature, Maria Flor Inn, a boutique hotel nestled on the picturesque ...


Stay connected to the SPEC

Join our reader network by signing up to our weekly newsletter and receive design and development news straight to your inbox

Specifier Source is brought to you by the same company that publishes Home Design, Grand Designs Australia Magazine, Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Magazine, Outdoor Design Source, Build Home, CompleteHome and many more.

© 2022 Universal Media Co. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Universal Media Co.