‘casa bautista’ is a secluded beachfront villa in the biosphere reserve of sian ka’an — a corner of mexico renowned for its natural beauty. designed by architecture studio productora, the project is fully powered by solar and wind energy and promises its guests ‘sustainable luxury’. immersed in the jungle, the elevated concrete structure presents sweeping views of the natural landscape and the caribbean sea beyond.
casa bautista is connected by a spiral staircase that leads from the natural terrain to the main floor, which contains five guest rooms as well as a communal dining room. elsewhere, private jacuzzis lead to the beach’s white sand dunes. the stairs then continue to the rooftop where a pool, an outdoor bathroom, and a separate grill area float atop the jungle canopy. productora explains that the entire project has been cast in an organic blue colored concrete, which appears to change its appearance throughout the day — shifting from ocean blue to sunset pink.
name: casa bautista
location: sian ka’an, quintana roo, mexico
architecture: productora (carlos bedoya, victor jaime, wonne ickx, abel perles)
collaborators: alejandro ordoñez, josue palma, daniela dusa, antonio espinoza, gerardo aguilar
structural engineering: kaltia
mechanical engineering and sustainability: EOS
interior design: pia hagerman
surface: 280 sqm / 3,014 sqf
client: ezequiel ayarza
photography: onnis luque
the concrete is contrasted and complemented by the use of wood, which provides a sense of warmth throughout the design. the locally sourced timber is used for the large terraces, which have a folding mechanism that protects the building from hurricanes. ‘by raising and lowering these heavy elements against the façade, the open and transparent residence is transformed into a robust closed box,’ explain the architects.
capable of accommodating up to ten guests, the venue is available for rentals, retreats, and special events including weddings. the full-service stay includes three meals a day with a dedicated staff available to shop, cook, and clean. once a reservation is made, a concierge sends out a questionnaire where the future guest can share their input about the menu along with any other issues relating to their vacation. more information can be found here.
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