Guadalajara-based architecture firm Estudio Macías Peredo designed this resort inspired by Mayas on the island of Holbox, Mexico. The project is presented at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Devoid of cars and only accessible by sea, Isla Holbox is a fishing village off the Yucatán Peninsula within the Yum Balam nature reserve. A piece of heaven renowned for the rare opportunity to swim with whale sharks.

Swimming Pool

The Punta Caliza hotel is here, less than 100 m from the Gulf of Mexico’s emerald waters. Featuring 12 rooms, it is inspired by Mayan architecture of the Yucatán Peninsula, in both construction and design. For example, for both floors and walls, the choice fell on ‘piedra caliza (limestone) made from chukum – a white ancient Mayan stucco used to seal water cisterns.

Everything has been reinterpreted from a modern point of view and using more geometric elements than in historical Mayan structures. An example of the choices made by Salvador Macías and Magui Peredo, known for their strong connection with traditional crafts and culture, is represented by the triangular pool in the middle of the property, recalling the courtyards of traditional Mayan villages.

In the interiors, the choice of red cedar as the main cladding material stands out, which makes the suites look warm and cozy from the very first moment.

Each room has a private pool connected to the main canal, which turns the resort into a sort of little Mexican Venice, a fitting comparison if we also consider that the Punta Caliza Hotel has been called, among others, to represent Mexico at the National Pavilion for Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

[Giuseppe D’Orsi]