Mexican studio Zozaya Arquitectos designed a concrete beach house that features the calm waters of the Pacific Coast.
Zozaya Arquitectos (ZAR), named Casa Mateo, completed a 488 square meter mansion in Zihuatanejo in 2022.
This home is located on one of the highest peaks in the Punta Garabo development area, with views of the adjacent ocean and surrounding jungle.
“From the beginning, the client wanted a very minimalist, clean-designed house without losing the traditional architecture of the area,” ZAR director Daniel Zozaya told Dezeen.
“We also took inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture in some design features.”
A sloping road leads up to the site, and an outdoor staircase flanked by stone weeping walls leads to a central courtyard and main rectangular reflecting pool perpendicular to the sea.
The house consists of two rectangular concrete forms with wide roof surfaces.
A private zone with three bedrooms and a bathroom is located to the left of the entrance and features a coffee-coloured parota wooden screen and ropes for hanging cotton fishermen’s nets.
The social space is to the right of the entrance, marked by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls and white deep-sea coral sculptures.
“We wanted to incorporate small pieces from the habitat into the interior design through carefully selected objects,” Zozaya said.
Local stone walls, steel accents, and Volcani floor tiles create a monochrome gray palette in the living room, dining room, and kitchen space that opens to the terrace.
A stainless steel pergola with local tree branches and polycarbonate provides shade for the large grilling area next to the sunken seating area.
The main en suite bathroom opens onto an infinity pool with waterfall edges on either side facing the ocean. The pool was constructed around an existing tree.
Materials are selected based on quality, local availability and longevity, and the colors “coexist organically with the natural environment”.
“Water installations play a very important role in the home, as they bring a Zen mode and atmosphere and separate the social and private areas,” says Zozaya, adding that by using water, I mentioned evoking tranquility.
“The project restarts a passive bioclimatic system through mutual ventilation in different spaces, while adapting to the local beach conditions,” the studio said.
“Green roofs were introduced with the idea of mimicking the surrounding vegetation, reducing paved surfaces and creating thermal comfort within the home.”
Founded in 1986 on Mexico’s Pacific coast, ZAR is known for its waterfront residential projects. Recently, the studio completed a cliffside house with a thatched roof and a villa with bamboo blinds in Zihuatanejo.
Cinematography is by Cesar Berio.
Architect in charge: Daniel Zozaya Valdez
Design team: Enrique Zozaya, Saddam Otero, Jesus López, Luis Alonso, Jose Antonio Vázquez, Ana Karen Cadena
Interior designer: Sara Campos