The house I never new I needed, Bautista House was developed on a narrow beachfront lot in the Sian Ka’an biosphere, near Tulum, in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Designed by PRODUCTORA 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 project is house sits across three levels that are connected by a cast concrete spiral staircase: containing all interior spaces, a large roof terrace with a pool and an outdoor dining room presenting views of the Caribbean Sea, the jungle and the lagoon.
Close to the master bedroom, a castle like turret is situated: it works as a formal element that anchors the ensemble into place and doubles as a flexible space for work or meditation.
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.