Cozumel House by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

A luxury residential project with superb views of the Mexican Caribbean

Project Specs


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On the beautiful island of Cozumel in Quintana Roo, Mexico, this 1,325 sqm luxury residential project is located on a 5,200 sqm site with abundant local vegetation and 38 meters of beachfront, offering superb views of the Mexican Caribbean.

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view

▼从后方望向建筑,project within the context – back view


The project is based on the guiding concept of fully respecting the site and its existing vegetation, resulting in a design that reflects a clear unity between the contemporary language and natural surroundings.  The undulating topography of the terrain includes a significant natural depression at the center. The residence is sited over this hollow, allowing the vegetation to continue beneath the project and to integrate itself organically into the habitable spaces.

▼场地享有丰富的植物景观和38米长的沙滩区域,the project is located in a site with abundant local vegetation and 38 meters of beachfront

▼泳池区域鸟瞰,aerial view to the pool zone

▼住宅西立面,west elevation


The main access to the house is situated to the north-east, close to the site boundary, and distributes the circulation of social and private areas on the ground floor.

▼入口路径,access to the house

▼主入口,main entrance


The architectural program is contained over two levels which connect by means of bridges and terraces to the exterior pool and beach areas. In volumetric terms, the project forms an L-shape with an interplay of solids and voids in its façades that depend on the interior functions to create interesting spatial relationships between inside and outside. In this way, each room is provided with cross ventilation and natural illumination. On the ground level, facing the beach, are the social areas of the dining room, kitchen, and a wet bar—providing a transition to the beach—while the first four rooms and their respective services are located in a volume that lies perpendicular to the line of the beach, with views onto the internal garden.

▼住宅共包含两个楼层,通过桥梁和平台与室外泳池和沙滩区域相连接,the architectural program is contained over two levels which connect by means of bridges and terraces to the exterior pool and beach areas

▼泳池平台,view of the pool zone

▼客厅,living room

▼室外客厅,exterior living room

▼餐厅,dining room

▼通往二层的楼梯,stair leading to the first floor


On the first floor are the master bedroom, two complementary bedrooms—all with terraces facing the sea—a family room contained by glass panels and an outdoor lounge with a refecting pool that enhances the views over the internal garden.

▼二层空间概览,first floor view from bridge

▼二层露台,first floor from terrace

▼卧室拥有开阔的视野,bedrooms with an open view


▼从二层望向树林,context view from first floor

▼夕阳下的露台,terrace in the sunset

▼屋顶休息区,lounge at roof top


The fewest possible materials were used, guided by their functionality and aesthetic qualities in terms of blending into their surroundings. These principally included the use of white cement mixed with the “dirty” water produced by the bark of the chukum tree to create a naturally waterproof finish for exterior and interior walls, together with a local limestone cladding for the external walls.

▼白色水泥与当地材料混合形成了天然的防水饰面,white cement is mixed with the “dirty” water produced by the bark of the chukum tree to create a naturally waterproof wall finish


▼住宅夜景,night view

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼剖面图section A-A’,section A-A’

▼剖面图section B-B’,section B-B’

Architectural Project: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
President: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Architecture Leader: Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Project Leader: Andrés Cajiga
Program: Residential
Construction Area: 1,325 sqm
Terrain Area: 5,200 sqm
Termination Date: 2018
Status: Built
Location: Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Architectural Team
Project Manager: Luis Hernández
Design Team: Daniel López Marino,Gabriela Puente Hurrle
Engineering Coordination: Marcos Hernández Rodríguez
Engineering Team: Juan Carlos Díaz, Héctor Ruíz
Media & Marketing: Rosalba Rojas, Daniela Cruz, Daniela Rosas
Interior Design: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Interior Director: Nadia Borrás
Interior Team: Carmen Cantú
Structural Engineering: Jaime Palacios
Electrical Engineering: Fernando Frías
Air Conditioning Engineering: Noel Ibañez
Systems & Special Engineering: Fernando Merino
Hydrosanitary Engineering: Pedro Medina
Construction: Constructora NALUM, Roberto Sidoti
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

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