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Green jungle, internal patios, pergolas hide this housing complex by Studio Arquitectos in Tulum
Mexico Architecture News - Nov 13, 2019 - 16:27 12391 views
Green jungle, internal patios and pergolas help to hide this housing complex in Tulum, Mexico, the new housing perfectly addresses to the local architecture of the area by using local materials, textures, patterns and colors.
Named Ka’a Tulum Housing Complex, the 1,048-square-metre complex has been designed by Tulum-based architecture firm Studio Arquitectos to reflect the soul of the region.
As the architects highlighted, "local materials, textures, senses and nature merge together in 2 main patios to become the core of this project."
The new complex consists of 4 main volumes scattered linearly - it includes 2 apartments for each one, which means, the complex includes 8 apartments in a total area of 873 square meters.
"The main objective of Aldea Ka’a is to create a solution for the current situation in Tulum: the city has become more popular over the years and the vacation housing demand has increased," said the architects.
"Nowadays, the developers are more focused on vacation rental houses and have left locals aside. After we identified the necessity of residential housing, we designed a project to meet the needs of the locals with an architectural design equal to any other complex aimed for tourists."
Divided in 4 units, the units are connected by 2 common areas or patios that create air circulation, privacy and natural lighting. The distribution of the units inside the property is directly related to the studio's previous tree survey.
The main pergola is the longitudinal axis of the building. It creates tension and connection among the units and the 2 main patios. The path is a whole sensorial and receptive experience by being completely surrounded by plants from the region.
The merging of the patios and the pergola provide proper functioning and efficient flow due to their function as transition spaces between the public and private areas. In addition, the different plants and organic materials of the region offer privacy, intimacy and partial isolation without separating the inside from the outside.
"We aimed to create a volumetric hierarchy starting from the pedestrian level; therefore, we chose a closed volumetry on the upper level facing out and an open one facing to the main patios, creating a terrace in the second floor with a floating garden area that blend both the inside and the outside resulting in a green and private place," added the architects.
"We had the idea to involve local materials so that the residents can feel the connection with the apartments. Our 4 main materials are: polished chukum for floors and walls, tzalam wood for woodworking supplies, Mayan stone and steel beams."
The interaction of these elements and design have perfectly met the studio's purpose of making a project to create a community, to reflect the personality of the residents and to merge the building with the green jungle of Tulum.
Ground floor, first floor and roof floor plans
All images © Pablo Garcia Figueroa
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