TITAN Property Platinum Winner

2023

Etéreo Riviera Maya

Entrant Company

Migdal Arquitectos | Jaime Varon | Abraham Metta | Alex Metta

Category

Architecture - Sustainable / Environmental / Green

Client's Name

GIM Developments, Auberge Resorts Collection

Country / Region

Mexico

Etéreo Riviera Maya is a highly sustainable luxury resort located inside the Kanai Riviera Maya complex, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The project stands over three big platforms 4 meters above sea level, floating above the mangrove, respecting its surrounding nature -reducing the impact on it- and highlighting the value of local flora.

The hotel is divided into 4 platformed luxury zones: a public area (oval), a rest area (rectangle), a recreational area (trapeze) and the beach, arranged through a main axis that interconnects them for the users as well as for service purposes, it also provides organic connections through wooden pedestrian bridges that float above the mangrove swamp.

The design language of the public function areas draws on the wild and mystical nature of the surrounding landscape - looking at the design experience that can be created when it collides with the clean lines of contemporary Mexican architecture. This zone hosts the access plaza, reception, multipurpose room, meeting room, reading room, spa, treatment rooms, gym and yoga, all independent buildings interconnected by walkways over water mirrors.

The rest area, placed at the center of the complex, consists of eight buildings of three to four levels. These volumes are inspired by local Mayan architecture, as they are conformed by staggered blocks with double vertical and horizontal displacement which create plazas, circulations and terraces that bring privacy and shade to the suites. To pay homage to Mayan tradition and to region-specific inspired design elements but still add a contemporary spirit to the design, the main materials utilized are local stone, wood, and chukum style stucco. The main facade, oriented to the East, involves a characteristic kind of lattice, designed by Mexican artist Manuel Felguérez and done in wood and prefabricated concrete that works as a dimmer of sunlight while it gives the rooms more privacy.

The recreational area creates an environment for rest and relaxation, prioritizing the ocean views and surrounded by water mirrors that exalt the proximity to the ocean and the mangrove. This section houses the pools, sunbathing areas and restaurants.

Credits

Interior Design
Meyer Davis Studio
Landscape
EDSA
Hotel Management
Auberge Resorts Collection
Lead Architects
Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta
Design Team
Guillermo Olvera, Guillermo Choque, Gerardo Sandoval
Photography
Rafael Gamo
Photography
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