Casa Xixim, Mexico / Specht Harpman Architects

Casa xixim, mexico / specht harpman architects

Project Details:
Location: Tulum, Mexico
Type: Residential – Houses
Project Size: 4800 sq. ft.
Architects: Specht Harpman Architects

This residence, on a narrow lot fronting a protected bay in Tulum, Mexico, was designed to be fully self-sufficient, and to immerse the occupants in the range of environments that the site offers.

Casa xixim, mexico / specht harpman architects

A narrow path brings visitors through dense vegetation to a large living / dining / kitchen space that is fully open to the beach beyond. Four bedrooms, above and adjacent to this space, can also be fully opened to the exterior.

Casa xixim, mexico / specht harpman architects

The transparency of the house allows prevailing winds to flow through and provide cooling while maximizing views of the site.

Casa xixim, mexico / specht harpman architects

The house is powered by a photovoltaic canopy that shades a large rooftop terrace. This terrace also collects rainwater that is filtered and stored for use.

Casa xixim, mexico / specht harpman architects
Casa xixim, mexico / specht harpman architects

Other roof areas are planted with native species that provide insulation and screening. All waste is processed through a digester and artificial wetlands system.

Casa Xixim is an ecoluxe, grid-tied, net-neutral house that works in harmony with its surroundings.

Aline Chahine
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