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.