A binomial can be defined as a pair of people or elements that are considered a unit. Under this definition, Binomio Taller was born — a workshop where different disciplines meet to create one project.
The team is made up of interior designer Maya Ruz Baker, architect Raquel Rodríguez, and civil engineer Carlos Sarzo.
Maya and Raquel met while working at a different architecture firm, where they gained experience building in the Centro Histórico. Then, in 2016 they started Binomio Taller; and four years ago, Carlos joined them. “We had been working together for a while and came to a point where we wanted to team up,” Carlos says.
From the beginning, they have believed in creating integral spaces centered on architecture and interior design. “The idea has always been to offer our clients a complete service. From the very first sketches to handing them the keys to their new place,” Maya adds.
In order to simplify their design process, they focus on specific problems their clients have pointed out, and propose a beautiful and functional solution.
One of their other services is supporting buyers during the purchase of their property. “It’s funny because as soon as you enter a house, you know if it’s what they are looking for,” Maya and Raquel agree, “it’s what happened with Casa Lupita.”
Their first project in Mérida’s Centro Histórico, Casa Lupita, required the restoration of an old building as well as architectural, interior, furniture, and landscape design.
“It was an interesting one,” Maya remembers. “We worked with the clients from the start. They were looking for a property in the Centro Histórico, told us what they wanted, and that they needed help finding it.”
Casa Lupita pays tribute to the classic colonial architecture of the historical neighborhoods in Mérida. Doors and windows are in keeping with the antique style, while other elements such as horizontal slits and the use of white concrete, give it a more modern touch.
“We believe that each one of our constructions is unique and responds perfectly to the needs of each client,” says Maya, “and slowly the project tells you where it wants you to take it.”
For Casa Encanto, one of their latest builds, the future homeowners told them exactly what they wanted. “Both of them had a very outgoing and honest personality, and that makes it easier for us,” Maya says.
“We also worked on this home from the beginning, starting with the purchase,” adds Raquel. “We visited around 20 properties until we found the one. Then, we sent them a video of it, and they trusted us enough to buy it without seeing it for themselves.”
To maintain their standards, they don’t take on many designs at once. Also, they highlight the importance of forging a good relationship with each client.
“We want to be known for excellence and the care we give each project,” says Maya.
This year, Binomio hopes to “recover the two years lost because of the pandemic,” Carlos laughs. “We are resuming some plans we had to put on pause, and are hoping to consolidate our brand and become well-known for our quality.”