A gorgeous palapa carves out the very heart of this stunning residence in Michoacán, Mexico, sitting poised amid lush tropical surrounds and in conversation with the picturesque Pacific bay before it.
Designed by CDM Arquitectos, the SJAI House is composed as a progression of space and functions, organized along a central axis with a spectrum of green spaces sandwiched between them. Blending the warmth of the vernacular with the indulgence of the contemporary, this glorious Mexican vacation villa offers a slice of paradise – inside and outside.
Built of local materials, the house anchors in the vernacular through the technology and character of its construction. Laminated wooden beams and columns and local stone walls sit on a sandblasted exposed-concrete substructure.
Cedar woodwork, sandblasted marble and coralline floors, and woven wood and palm roofs create perfect spaces to unwind and luxuriate in, even when the Sun is at its harshest. This is further complemented by the interspersed green zones that breathe life into the various parts of the villa, while bringing the temperature a comfortable few notches down.
The palapa houses the social core of this Mexican vacation villa, spilling out into a plaza and an infinity pool. The master bedroom lies to the south of this core while a bar, grill and wood oven offer further opportunities for social reverie to the north of the palapa. The kitchen and a further living area are located to the east, while 4 independent guest bedrooms lie carefully tucked into the hill side.