Meet one of the finest architecture projects in the world: Hotel Mar Adentro by Taller Aragonés
One of his most innovative projects, in our humble opinion, is the brilliant Hotel Mar Adentro located in San José del Cabo, Mexico. A residential piece of art that is surrounded by a set of expansive pools and minimalist outlines, famous among travelers worldwide.
The goal was to create something architecturally unique that could stand out from all the resorts that line San José del Cabo’s beach, which resulted in a 47,082-square-meter site designed with a contemporary aesthetic and reflecting water.
In the eyes of Aragonés, this piece of land located in the middle of a coastline, could only be transformed into a “box that contained its own sea”.
Rivers of clear water create horizontal lines and serve as main base for white cube-shaped buildings. Minimal houses designed to host standard guest rooms and larger suites, while smaller one- and two-storey villas are dotted in between. The villas are fronted with double-height glazed panels that can be slid, lifted and rolled down.
The landscape is surrounded by shallow pools that extend from the edges of the concrete structures towards the sea, bringing the horizon right into the front. Each block is placed at a different angle, creating a sweeping curve around the pools while they help emphasize its stark architecture.
Dark grey passages cross the water channels to allow connection between the different buildings, a few of them even create a terrace for loungers and cabanas. To lead the way into a dining area, a ramp also spirals down between the pools.
To match the hotel’s contemporary aesthetic, in all of the interior living spaces, a light material pallet is kept consistently including plane stone floors, white surfaces and Scandinavian furnishings.
“This is the purest, most minimalist landscape a horizon could have drawn,” Aragones said. “On either side, this dreamlike scenery collided with what humans consider to be aesthetic, and go on to build and baptise as architecture.”