Casa en el Pacifico

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Made up of several pavilions and consisting of a palm tree-thatched roof, large wood walls, and exposed concrete, Casa en el Pacifico utilizes traditional local materials to articulate a contemporary architectural language.

Situated on a secluded segment of coastline in Guerrero, Mexico, Casa en el Pacifico (House on the Pacific Coast) is a sleek modern version of the traditional Mexican palapa (beach house). Designed by Bernardi + Peschard Arquitectura—Alejandro Bernardi and Beatriz Peschard's Mexico City-based architecture firm—the home is actually more of a mini-village with separate structures that unfold into a beach villa complex.

The starting point for the design is a large central pavilion that's used as a living/dining area. Set close to the sea, this common space is larger than the other pavilions and serves as the heart of the complex. It's open and breezy with 33-foot-high ceilings and a grand view of a private beach.

The smaller pavilions are nestled in the landscape and connected by a path that's made from cut tree trunks—a layout which extends a sense of privacy from the public space. The concept of having a series of independent pavilions differs from the massive home constructions that are prevalent in the area, making the design of the complex even more unique.

The home's neutral and natural material palette showcases local parota wood and rough-cut stone, which juxtaposes with poured concrete that's been mixed with local dirt to give it a warm earthy glow—integrating the home into its lush beachside setting.

Here, we take a tour of this extraordinary property.

Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Trees, Walkways, and Landscape Lighting. Each of the smaller pavilions is nestled in the landscape of native vegetation and set along a path connected by stepping stones made of cut tree trunks. Photo 2 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

Each of the smaller pavilions is nestled in the landscape of native vegetation and set along a path connected by stepping stones made of cut tree trunks.

Modern home with Outdoor, Landscape Lighting, Walkways, Shrubs, and Side Yard. The home features a stunning view of a private beach. Photo 3 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The home features a stunning view of a private beach.

Modern home with Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Table, Cement Tile Floor, Living Room, Sofa, and Coffee Tables. Set close to the sea, this common area is the heart of the complex  and is bigger than the other pavilions, featuring 33-foot high ceilings. Photo 4 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

Set close to the sea, this common area is the heart of the complex and is bigger than the other pavilions, featuring 33-foot high ceilings.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Cement Tile Floor, Sectional, and Coffee Tables. The living/dining area is in a palapa made of natural parota wood which is over 33 feet high. Photo 5 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The living/dining area is in a palapa made of natural parota wood which is over 33 feet high.

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Sectional, Cement Tile Floor, and Coffee Tables. The traditional thatched roof has been given a contemporary spin. Photo 6 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The traditional thatched roof has been given a contemporary spin.

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Trees, Side Yard, and Landscape Lighting. The site is lush with natural local vegetation. Photo 7 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The site is lush with natural local vegetation.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, and Cement Tile Floor. One of the bedrooms. Photo 8 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

One of the bedrooms.

Modern home with Hallway. Air flows through un-air conditioned spaces. Photo 9 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

Air flows through un-air conditioned spaces.

Modern home with Outdoor, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Side Yard, and Wood Fences, Wall. The natural materials areputting a contemporary spin on tradition. Photo 10 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The natural materials areputting a contemporary spin on tradition.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ottomans, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Cement Tile Floor, Chair, and Console Tables. The material palette includes naturally finished local parota wood and rough-cut stone. Photo 11 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The material palette includes naturally finished local parota wood and rough-cut stone.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Grass, Hardscapes, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Landscape Lighting. A spectacular ocean view in a equally spectacular setting. Photo 12 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

A spectacular ocean view in a equally spectacular setting.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Boulders, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower, Trees, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. The seaside saltwater pool. Photo 13 of Casa en el PacificoView Photos

The seaside saltwater pool.

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  • Bernardi + Peschard Arquitectura
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  • Bernardi + Peschard

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  • House (Single Residence)
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  • Modern
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