Conceived and designed by entrepreneur Ezequiel Ayarza Sforza, along with the Mexican architecture studio PRODUCTORA, the Casa Bautista project, located in the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, finds expression in a sculptural house that merges with its natural surroundings.
The villa is built of blue-tinted concrete, a hue that is an ode to the sea and the sky that converge on the horizon. The L-shaped structure is supported on triangular pilotis that enable it to blend into the jungle. Casa Bautista makes clear references to the architectural modernism of Brazil while taking inspiration from the Surrealist garden of Edward James. The result is a construction that is brutalist in character yet immersed in dense vegetation, with spaces that invite guests to experience a stay in peace and serenity.
The tzalam wood terraces and pergolas were constructed by local carpenters. As well as providing a sense of warmth, they create shade, help establish cross-ventilation, and expand the indoor spaces. The folding mechanism they employ also protects the building from hurricanes and strong winds.
Photo: Courtesy of Casa Bautista