Heaven on earth

Look­ing out over Mex­ico’s Pa­cific coast, this spec­tac­u­lar hol­i­day home cre­ates a feel­ing of liv­ing at one with the land, sky and sea

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Look­ing out over Mex­ico’s Pa­cific coast, this spec­tac­u­lar hol­i­day home cre­ates a feel­ing of liv­ing at one with the land, the sky and the sea

Mariel and Jaime Casas’ life in Queré­taro City, some 200 kilo­me­tres north­west of Mex­ico City, is busy and in­cred­i­bly hec­tic. But here, in the idyl­lic re­sort of Punta Ix­tapa, their days could not be more dif­fer­ent. The cou­ple pur­chased this 2,000-squareme­tre moun­tain­side plot just four years ago, and com­mis­sioned Manuel Cer­vantes Cés­pedes, founder of ar­chi­tec­ture firm CC Arqui­tec­tos, to de­sign their dream hol­i­day home. His re­sponse is noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar: a con­tem­po­rary re­treat that is spread over 720 square me­tres, with an ex­tra 110 square me­tres of ter­races and deck­ing.

The house took a to­tal of three years to com­plete. ‘I had to in­clude six bed­rooms, a television area and an open-plan space where the fam­ily could eat, en­ter­tain, re­lax and en­joy the swim­ming pool,’ says Manuel. ‘The large liv­ing room opens out to the ter­race and the ocean via glass doors, while the vista of the hori­zon conjures a peace­ful at­mos­phere. Slid­ing tim­ber screens al­low for pri­vacy and cre­ate shady spaces when the sun is at its hottest.’

Steps lead down from the main liv­ing area to an­other breezy lounge over­look­ing the pool, where the lines be­tween in­side and out dis­solve al­most com­pletely. The gar­den that sur­rounds the house, de­signed by land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dio En­torno, en­hances the sense of be­ing im­mersed in na­ture.

Away from these open spaces, the bed­rooms pro­vide in­ti­mate ar­eas of re­treat, shielded by tim­ber screens and plenty of na­tive greenery. De­sign stu­dio Habitación 116 cre­ated the in­te­ri­ors, in­clud­ing much of the be­spoke fur­ni­ture, which is mixed with slick, mod­ern Ital­ian pieces. The neu­tral colour pal­ette adds to the home’s feel­ing of tran­quil­lity, and blends beau­ti­fully with the dark-grey Te­peaca mar­ble, am­ber-coloured Parota wood and lo­cal stone used in the con­struc­tion of the house. ‘They are the ma­te­ri­als of the Pa­cific coast,’ says Manuel. ‘For me, a house is about im­prov­ing qual­ity of life. You need to find a balance be­tween the land, the ma­te­ri­als, and the ideals of a fam­ily.’ ccar­qui­tec­tos.com.mx; habita­cion116.com

Words KARINE MONIÉ Pho­tog­ra­phy RAFAEL GAMO

Liv­ing area A ‘Bel­la­gio’ sofa and two chaise longues are teamed with a pair of ‘Paraggi’ chairs, all by Lu­dovica + Roberto Palomba for Ex­teta in this seat­ing area. Be­hind sits the ‘Stone’ large din­ing ta­ble, also from Ex­teta. Habitación 116 de­signed the c

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