Me­xi­can zen

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ON THE PACIFIC COA­ST A LAR­GE VIL­LA FA­CING THE ISLAS MA­RIE­TAS MIXES CLAS­SIC TONES WI­TH THE LO­CAL TRADITION OF BUIL­DING AND CRAF­TS. EVE­RY SOLUTION MAKES REFERENCE TO NA­TI­VE SPIRITUALITY AND ITS HEALING POWERS.

words ELE­NA DALLORSO – pho­tos MAS­SI­MO LISTRI

At Pun­ta de Mi­ta, Ma­no­lo Me­stre has crea­ted a va­ca­tion ho­me for a cou­ple wi­th gro­wn-up chil­dren. A pla­ce that is prac­ti­cal in the Ame­ri­can sen­se of the term, but al­so very thea­tri­cal and Me­xi­can. The vil­la in­ter­pre­ts the strong spi­rit of the pla­ce in a con­tem­po­ra­ry way. The re­fe­ren­ces to Az­tec my­tho­lo­gy start right af­ter the en­tran­ce ga­te: sto­ne walls em­bra­ce a cir­cu­lar foun­tain, de­co­ra­ted wi­th the in­fi­ni­ty si­gn and the Az­tec cir­cle, whi­ch stands for pro­tec­tion. «I wan­ted a pea­ce­ful pla­ce of pu­ri­fi­ca­tion», Me­stre says. The two in­fi­ni­ty pools are bo­dies of wa­ter in their own right. The smal­ler one wraps around one of the be­drooms, for a very pri­va­te set­ting. Near­by, a bar ma­de wi­th an old surf­board and a BBQ area speak the lan­gua­ge of va­ca­tion. Re­fe­ren­ces to lo­cal architecture in­clu­de the pa­la­pa, a ty­pi­cal shel­ter wi­th a ca­no­py of palm that­ching, fea­tu­ring com­for­ta­ble cu­stom sea­ting and hand­ma­de wic­ker su­spen­sion lamps. The big di­ning ta­ble in tro­pi­cal wood for out­door meals was al­so ma­de by hand. The in­te­riors, wi­th six be­drooms, ser­vi­ces (the fit­ness room is in the ba­se­ment), and a di­ning-living area, ha­ve been de­si­gned by Karen Collignon, the daughter of Juan, who did the pro­ject to­ge­ther wi­th Me­stre. The furnishings are lo­cal and eco­lo­gi­cal, in tro­pi­cal wood, li­ke the cu­stom ta­ble that imi­ta­tes the cross-sec­tion of a tree, the fa­mous Cen­ti­pe­de by the de­si­gner Héc­tor Esra­we, the Pir­wi chairs or the re­sin lamps by Mo­ni­ca Cal­de­rón. Prac­ti­ca­li­ty is a mu­st: ce­ment floors, a few eth­nic furnishings (Me­xi­can but al­so orien­tal) or items by lo­cal de­si­gners, li­ke the ta­bles by De­bo­ra Creel. The out­door parts of the air con­di­tio­ners are co­ve­red by a woo­den ca­ge, al­mo­st an art work, whi­le the te­le­vi­sion set is al­so con­cea­led in a box li­ke an old stea­mer trunk at the foot of the bed. No­thing di­strac­ts you from the ba­sic idea: a pla­ce to re­lax, re­ge­ne­ra­te, to find pea­ce, and to ga­ze at the blue splen­dor of the ocean.

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