Status: Concept design
A private 2-bedroom villa in Tulum, Mexico, with an external swimming pool a single bedroom guest house at the front of the plot. The design, with its open plan layout and cantilevered roof, is a reference to the American experimental Case Study Houses of the 1950s and 60s.
The proposal is for a steel structural frame with composite panels between and large full-height glazing, which opens the house up to the garden. The steel structure is extended in a form of a canopy, which blurs the lines between inside and outside.
Due to the local climate, no thermal insulation is required. Instead, the design needs to allow for appropriate shading and ventilation to avoid overheating. Proximity to the ocean and ground conditions require special treatment to the steel elements of the structure to avoid corrosion due to high salinity in the ground and air.