Nestled in the enchanting East Cape region of Los Cabos, Hawks Nest House by FabrikG takes design cues from the landscape. "For us, the place, the land itself, is very revealing," says architect Gonzalo Elizarraras, who has a master degree in landscape architecture. "Not just because we adapt our projects according to how they’re going to sit on the land or [interact with] the natural environment, but also how you live in Baja in general."
Elizarraras and architect Manu Ponte worked closely with the owners to create a home symbiotic with the landscape and the residents’ way of life. The six structures comprising the dwelling include an art studio, guesthouse, and meditation room—all spread over the topography to best take in the views and benefit from natural airflow.
Building materials were locally sourced to create a home that naturally extends from the terrain. Local stone and rammed earth make up the structure’s walls and foundation. Polished concrete floors create a monochromatic look that draws from and reflects the deserts of Baja.
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The use of local building materials also boosts the home’s thermal capabilities, allowing the space to regulate temperature naturally—cooling off in the summer and retaining heat in the winter. The layout promotes cross-ventilation: taking cues from Islamic architecture, Hawks Nest House incorporates patios, courtyards, and water features to help create micro-weather patterns inside, ensuring the house remains in peaceful sync with the elements.
A solar panel system and water treatment plant work together to ensure the home remains completely energy-independent. The focus on passive builds is a central tenet of FabrikG’s practice, which harnesses local skills and materials to produce eco-friendly, self-sustaining structures.
Structural Engineer: Sai Proyectos
Civil Engineer: Gerson Huerta
Landscape Design: fabriKG
Interior Design: Leah Porter
Sound Engineer: Jose Luis Bandini
Cabinetry Design: BC Design Studio
Stonemasonry: Baja Stone Market
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