Mexican observe Espacio 18 Arquitectura has designed a concrete vacation house in Tulum with a round window in one of many ceilings that reveals a swimming pool.
Villa Cava is a fortress-like home that takes cues from brutalism and is surrounded by lush vegetation in Tulum’s Aldea Zamá neighbourhood.
Clad in board-formed concrete, the house is break up between two ranges and in addition encompasses a rooftop backyard.
Espacio 18 was knowledgeable by cenotes when designing the home – historic sunken water-filled limestone pits and caves present in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
“The concrete was the results of a search to keep up a timeless structure with out upkeep that may adapt to the humid surroundings of Tulum, in addition to hurricanes,” defined architects Carla Osorio and Mario Ávila.
Described as a “liveable sculpture”, guests enter Villa Cava via a geometrical entrance that was constructed round two present bushes and results in a staircase.
This hallway is illuminated by a placing round window within the ceiling that reveals a swimming pool from beneath. Blue-hued mild filters via the opening and reinforces the cavernous environment.
“It represents a cenote, and there’s something wonderful in regards to the reflections on the partitions that the water creates,” Osorio and Ávila informed Dezeen.
An open-plan kitchen, a examine and an ethereal residing area function on the primary flooring, which additionally consists of the swim-up pool that may be seen when getting into the house.
Non-public bedrooms and bogs are contained on the second degree the place nine-metre-tall ceilings and a choice of skylights forged an abundance of pure mild on the interiors.
All through these areas, inside designer Kayla Pongrac opted for mild timber accents and neutrally toned furnishings whereas clean concrete flooring and partitions echo the house’s facade.
The rooftop gives extra out of doors seating and presents views of the encircling bushes.
Chunky, zigzagged concrete shapes protrude from varied areas of the facade, enhancing its placing outward look.
Espacio 18 designed the villa in collaboration with a younger couple from Canada who had been drawn to Mexico.
“The inspiration got here from the magical Cenote Suytun in Yucatán, which captured [the couple’s] hearts, they usually determined to create a house that embodied the pure magnificence and spatial high quality of the area,” stated Osorio and Ávila.
Based mostly in Oaxaca, Espacio 18 beforehand designed a townhouse with an inside courtyard in Puebla and a seafront Oaxacan house with two wings oriented to comply with the rising and setting of the solar.
The pictures is by César Béjar.