Productora designs Casa Bautista on the beach in Tulum Nature Reserve
A spiral staircase, rooftop pool, and slatted doors feature in this concrete house in Mexico’s tropical Yucatan Peninsula designed by Mexico City architecture studio Productora.
Called Casa Bautista, the two-story house is nestled in a lush forest in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The reserve, located about an hour’s drive from Tulum, is divided into three zones that offer different restrictions in terms of activities. Productora designed the L-shaped residence on a beachfront plot in the transition zone, where residential development for ecotourism purposes is permitted.
âSustainable development is at the center of the transition zone, where local residents, economic interests, scientists, management agencies and non-governmental organizations work together by linking conservation and economic development,â Productora told Dezeen.
âIn this area, a limited number of constructions can be carried out: these must obey very strict regulations in terms of durability during construction and operation.
In keeping with the natural beauty of the site, Casa Bautista is powered by solar and wind energy.
The house is also raised above the ground on cross-shaped columns so as not to harm the fragile ecosystem below. This design allows for a breathtaking view of the dunes revealing the aquatic waters of the nearby Caribbean Sea.
The walls are concrete with a blue pigment which, according to the studio, “reacts over time depending on its exposure to the sun and its position in the house, creating tones ranging from ocean blue to sunset pink”.
The first floor of the house is its main level comprising an open plan kitchen, dining room and living room. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms are also located on this level, and a master suite has access to a detached three-story concrete turret that âdoubles as a flexible space for work or meditation,â Productora said.
A patio surrounds most of this floor and has floors covered with locally sourced wood. A wooden roof above shades plenty of places to sit and relax outside – including a hot tub by the kitchen overlooking a white-sand beach.
A series of hinged wooden doors separate the exterior and interior spaces and have slats that provide shade from the sun and allow natural ventilation.
âIn this way, the interior spaces are enlarged and protected from the sun, and good cross ventilation is obtained,â the studio said, noting that only the bedrooms are air-conditioned.
The patio floors and roofs also feature a folding mechanism to close the house and protect it during a hurricane, which is what the area is famous for.
“By lifting and lowering these heavy elements against the facade, the open and transparent residence transforms into a sturdy closed box,” added Productora.
An exterior concrete spiral staircase leads to a large roof terrace with a swimming pool and outdoor dining area.
The ground floor of Casa Bautista has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a mechanical room and storage spaces that can accommodate three kayaks and a boat.
Productora is managed by Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime and Wonne Ickx, and has offices in Mexico City and Los Angeles. In addition to this project, he also created a pink house in Los Angeles, a concert hall inspired by Aztec ruins and a cultural center in TeotitlÃ¡n del Valle in Mexico.
The photograph is by Onnis Luque.
Collaborators: Alejandro OrdoÃ±ez, Josue Palma, Daniela Dusa, Antonio Espinoza, Gerardo Aguilar
Structural engineering: Kaltia
Mechanical engineering and durability: EOS
Interior design : Pia hagerman