Tepoztlán Lounge

by Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Tepoztlan, is a small town nestled between rocky cliffs located to the south of Mexico City, 50 kilometers away from the vibrant metropolis. With its well preserved historic center and wild countryside, Tepoztlan is a town of legends and deep cultural roots that has been appreciated by writers, poets, artists and musicians over many decades, turning it into their hometown or weekend retreat. Located in this incredible context and surrounded by an astonishing landscape, the Tepoztlan Lounge is the first building completed of a larger project that also includes a series of bungalows of different sizes and designs, which can be rented by years, months or days. The lounge is set to be a central communal space for leisure in nature, and is located in the perimeter of an incredible lawn; the idiosyncrasy of the project relies on enabling the experience of the carefully manicured lawn while promoting the experience of the wild nature existing in the boundaries of this central space. The project is a negotiation between interior and exterior, a construction of an in-between condition, an inhabitable threshold, which becomes the main space of the project; the limits between the open and the content space merge to produce a single architectural entity.
The design establishes three separate living quarters designed in accordance to the 3 activities planned; each of them is a set space defined by its use, but also by a very clear and simple architectural container: the first holds an open bar with a kitchenette, together with a couple of restrooms and dressing rooms; the second is a play area for children that can also be used as a reading room when temperatures drop at night; and finally the largest container is the living area, an enclosed, tempered and comfortable space for conversation, TV, etcetera. But it is the desire to give continuity between these three separate areas where the project is empowered and becomes meaningful; a continuous space, in full contact with the nature but protected from its inclemency is set up not only to expand the enclosed uses, but also to allow new activities to arise.
And it is through the definition of this central space, through the definition of its shape, that the contiguous courtyards are defined; those are as essential to the project as it is the built architecture, and allows constructing as a whole, single spatial experience. At the same time that the three built containers give continuity to the central space by mans of their use and space, the adjacent patios qualify it, while providing diversity and idiosyncrasy to open space. The design of the swimming pool is part of this same intervention, and responds to the desire to characterize the spaces; its formalization necessarily resonates the layout of the lounge, while incorporating to its nature the possibility of a multiplicity of ways of using water, and plunging on it.
The building is located as a plinth valuing the views of the mountains. The building wants to be respectful to the existing context, and understands that the vegetation and life at open air are the real protagonist. Two impressive trees that are in place are incorporated within the layout of the lounge, as if they were part of the program itself. The Tepoztlan Lounge is constructed in concrete not just for being a inexpensive and labor intensive material in Mexico and to minimize its maintenance, but also to expose its structural simplicity and neutrality towards the astonishing nature.

Photos by: Diego Berruecos, Sandra Pereznieto

  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Tepoztlán Lounge Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • House of Polygon

    House of Polygon

    This house was built in the subdivision in Tosu in Saga.
    A lots of Subdivision was homogenize site, and also houses were similar environment.
    D-house(House of Polygon...

  • Agua House

    Agua House

    The site is 2.000sq. meters (21,530 sq ft), facing the Northeast, looking at the Canal Arias river., in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. It has 450sq meters (4,840 sq ft) and it is des...

  • Casa Corten in Sao Paulo

    Casa Corten in Sao Paulo

    Casa Corten is an urban house located near the largest park in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The site, long and narrow, contains the program of the house and, its residents, not ...

  • Maximum Garden House

    Maximum Garden House

    The client wanted a house where they could keep an eye on their 2 kids without the need to be in the same space. Loos’s Raumplan, somehow, came to mind.
    We were also looki...

  • White Cube

    White Cube

    Sergey Nasedkin and Anna Ulyanova, principals of Russian studio ARCH.625 have designed the interior of the White Cube, a 861 square foot, one bedroom, one bath apartment located in...

  • The Orrong Road House

    The Orrong Road House

    The sun and wind are channelled through the streets of this beach side suburb, deep into the plan of this once dark and damp Edwardian home. An oasis like space now waits at the re...

  • Connaught Residence

    Connaught Residence

    Connaught Residence was designed by naturehumaine and it is located in Montreal, Canada. The minimalist design makes use of simplicity to create a serene and harmonious interior. ...

  • Apartment with Terrace in Kiev

    Apartment with Terrace in..

    This apartment with a terrace is located in Kiev, Ukraine and it was designed by ID4U. The interior is mostly elegantly neutral, but features a number of more quirky and colorful a...

  • Architectural Masterpiece

    Architectural Masterpiece

    This sophisticated home is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is elegant and comfortable, and makes use of a variety of decorative elements to create a harmonious whole. ...

  • Vintage Modern Loft

    Vintage Modern Loft

    theMACNABS have recently come together with all their handy friends & family to create what they are calling a true “Vintage Modern” double height loft in Vancouver’s industr...