One of Merida’s most historic homes and popular tourist destinations, the Quinta Montes Molina, has been awarded a prestigious Silver Medal in the Second Biennial of Architecture of Mexico City.
The award, conferred by the Mexico City architects group, honors the design of an outdoor pavilion recently constructed at the rear of the 19th Century home located at #469 Paseo de Montejo between Calles 33 and 35.
At an evening ceremony Tuesday Oct. 6, Agustin Illescar, director of Quinta Montes Molina, said the new white concrete and steel pavilion was completed in September 2014.
“It was a major project that took three months of construction to complete,” Illescar explained in an interview.
The 7.2 meter-high structure, which encompasses an area of 1,200 square meters, allows the site to host as many as 120 private events yearly, Illescar said. Among the events already scheduled for the coming year are wedding receptions, graduations, quinceañeras and many other private functions, he added.
Gustavo Carmona of Mexico City, lead architect for design of the new pavilion, said the project was his first in Merida, but it has already led to other commissions here, including homes, offices, and luxury retail stores.
Carmona designed the pavilion with his wife and partner, Lisa Beltran, and other associates of Materia Arquitectonica in Mexico City.
The Biennial of Architecture 2015 received 119 nominees for awards in various categories. Quinta Montes Molina was the Silver Medal (first place) winner in the “Culture” category.
Guided tours of the Quinta Montes Molina, a National Patrimony, are available in English and Spanish Monday-Saturday.
For more information, visit www.laquintamm.com.
Text and photos by Robert Adams
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