A palapa is an open-sided structure with a thatched roof that's commonly found on Mexican beaches. CDM Casas de Mexico reinterpreted this traditional structure to create a striking modern retreat with an airy interior that opens to the outdoors.
"In its origin, the program was thought to include the creation of a palapa and a pool," say the architects. "In other words, a roofing structure raised above the ground to protect from sunlight, and a hole in the stone to contain water."
However, they did not want the structure to look as if "it had fallen almost randomly" into place, so they designed the roofline to appear as though it "extrudes from the mountain itself towards the ocean."
The architects call the project "a mutable space that transforms into a true viewpoint overlooking the immensity of the horizon during daytime, and an observatory for the stars at night time," as the location is far-removed from artificial light sources.
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Builder: Jorge Chavez
Structural Engineer: GSPI Grupo constructor
Civil Engineer: Jorge Chavez
Landscape Design: Juan Carlos Pérez Trejo
Lighting Design: Artenluz, Javier Ten
Interior Design: Alejandra Plasencia
Cabinetry Design and Installation: Wood n Stone/Carpintery
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