Casa Xixim

Tulum, Mexico


On a narrow strip fronting a protected bay in Tulum, Mexico, this self-sufficient villa hotel merges home and nature. A path runs from a mangrove marsh through a palm grove and into the main living space, which can be fully opened. The path then continues to the beach beyond.


The house’s eco-friendly design incorporates on-site waste processing and rainwater collection via artificial wetlands. The overhead solar array provides photovoltaic power and shades the roof lounge. The upper bedrooms open onto a series of planted terraces that mitigate stormwater flow and louvered doors capture breezes to cool the home.


Building materials are all locally-sourced, such as the louvered wood sliding doors and hand-painted “pasta tiles.”


“Tulum-based craftsmanship is emphasized, with intricate stonework for selected walls, and site-built furnishings throughout.” – Dan Howarth, Dezeen


Architect: Specht Harpman
Interior Design: Matthew Finalson
Photography: Taggart Sorensen

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