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
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
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