reyes rios larrainarchitecture firm reyes ríos + larraín has completed ‘sabor a miel’, a five-storey residential development in mexico. located in the coastal resort town of playa del carmen, the scheme seeks to appeal to those looking for a holiday home to serve as a second property. prominently situated on a corner plot, 200 meters from the beach, the building rises to a total height of 22 meters, and contains 17 individual apartments.

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all images by onnis luque, video by SIMCA

 

 

in a manner similar to reyes ríos + larraín’s ‘casa sisal’ project, stucco has been used for the structure’s interior and exterior walls, a gesture that establishes a singular identity and character, while minimizing operative and maintenance costs. the stucco used is prepared with white cement, and mixed with the resin of a local ‘chukum’ tree.

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the building’s elevations have been designed in accordance with the orientation of the plot

 

 

the building’s elevations have been designed in accordance with the orientation of the plot, maximizing ventilation and reducing solar incidence. the internal atrium not only serves as a welcoming entry inside the building, but also draws in cool air and allows hot air to escape. residential units range in size from 66 to 145 square meters, with configurations that comprise one to three bedrooms. a parking garage is situated below grade, while a roof terrace includes a bar, swimming pool, and gym. 

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the development is located in the coastal resort town of playa del carmen

 

 

considering the limiting size of the plot for an extensive program, and taking into consideration the demand for a sustainable building, we established an arrangement of two blocks,’ explain the architects. ‘separated by a patio which works as an atrium for walkways in each floor, both blocks consist of four different typologies of apartments and a modular system of six sizes, organized by a span of 4.35 m, which allowed the structure to be rationalized.’

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an internal atrium draws in cool air and allows hot air to escape

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bridges lead across the void to the apartments

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stucco has been used for both the structure’s interior and exterior walls

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units range in size from 66 to 145 square meters

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a bar, swimming pool, and gym are found at roof level

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the terrace offers sweeping sea views

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the scheme is prominently situated on a corner plot, 200 meters from the beach

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‘sabor a miel’ rises to a total height of 22 meters

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a parking garage is situated below grade

 

 

project info:

 

name: sabor a miel
location: playa del carmen, méxico
architectural project: reyes ríos + larraín arquitectos, gabriel konzevik
team: salvador reyes ríos, josefina larraín lagos, gabriel konzevik, carlos fleischer
interior and furniture design: josefina larraín, salvador reyes
civil work: grupo SIMCA, eloy caceres wejebe, luis montalvo millet
photography: onnis luque

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