This house was developed on a narrow beachfront plot in the Sian Ka’an biosphere, near Tulum, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Designed by Productora Architects and Interiors, the entire build was cast in an organic blue colour concrete, which reacts over time to its exposure to the sun and its position in the house, creating tones that range from ocean blue to sunset pink.
By raising the house on cross-shaped columns, the impact on the environment is reduced and views are generated over the dune that separates the property from the sea.
The L-shaped floor plan extends beyond the ground floor through large terraces and pergolas made from local timber. The interior spaces are enlarged and protected from the sun and good cross ventilation is achieved via the slotted terraces.
These terraces have a folding mechanism that protects the house in the event of hurricanes: by raising and lowering the heavy elements against the facade, the open and transparent residence is transformed into a robust closed box which is entirely powered by solar and wind.