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Zamel House / Kontrast Arquitectura

  • 01:00 - 2 September, 2010
Zamel House / Kontrast Arquitectura
Zamel House / Kontrast Arquitectura, © Fabian Lasala Guevara
© Fabian Lasala Guevara

© Fabian Lasala Guevara © Fabian Lasala Guevara © Fabian Lasala Guevara © Fabian Lasala Guevara +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Architects

    Kontrast Arquitectura
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Herrera Martinez
  • Collaborators

    José Iván Ramírez Guerra, Mariano Santana Ramírez, Irasema Gómez Toledo, Gabino Muñoz, Patricia Vázquez, Lori Zamel
  • Investor

    Mark & Lori Zamel
  • Contractors

    Alfonso Chávez Franco
  • Budget

    USD$ 290,000.00
  • Area

    193.75 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. This home was designed for a couple from Los Angeles who love the beach and natural beauty of Huatulco. He lives to surf and she has a passion for architecture. The house boasts a superior location on the beach directly in front of a surf break, with a spectacular view of the beach, rocks, and nearby river mouth. The home’s open spaces create the frame for the magnificent setting and allow the ocean breezes to keep it cool during the tropical days in Huatulco. The challenge was to design a house that allowed views of the ocean from all the main spaces on a site only 12 meters wide. The first decision was to raise the house above the level of the beach to create privacy and safety from the ocean, but still have easy access to the beach. This was accomplished by a stair way on the side of pool. The house is built on a flag lot, thus the main entrance leads you down the driveway to a oversized, hand tooled solid wood door, that opens effortlessly on its pivot hinge into a new world of long wide stairs flanked by lush tropical plants leading to a reflecting pond complete with water fall and planked bridge for your final approach into the house. This passage brings you to a place that shakes your senses and promotes you connection with nature. You are captured by a desire to relax and enjoy.

© Fabian Lasala Guevara
© Fabian Lasala Guevara

You have arrived in the “great room”, the full width of the home, open entirely to the infinity pool overflowing “into” the ocean, complete with a chief’s kitchen and dining alfresco in the pool side pergola, you’ll want to never leave. The grassy palm tree path leads to the sun deck on the edge of the property over hanging the beach. There is also a full bath, with polished cement counter tops, glass tile and a large shower. The first floor is completed by a den/guest bedroom.

© Fabian Lasala Guevara
© Fabian Lasala Guevara

The stairs rise to an open-air balcony which leads to the 2nd guest bedroom suite and the master bedroom suite. The master has ceiling to floor glass across the entire front for the house. The large master bath boasts an outdoor shower for two and a vanity made from drift wood collected on the beach. The suite is completed by a walk in closet and ocean view office.

© Fabian Lasala Guevara
© Fabian Lasala Guevara
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YF · July 10, 2011

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e-adeia.gr · May 03, 2011

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NouraAbb · October 18, 2010

Wonderful building. Good combination of water, light and land. I love the terrace’s indoor outdoor experience. The selection of colors is successful; the navy color of the terrace wall allows the sky to continue inside the room which results in a unique indoor outdoor interaction. I don't like the idea of passing through the bathroom to get to the bedroom though.

cameron calder · October 09, 2010

man, would love to be the lucky someone who gets to live here - http://fit.am/2i1

Hassan Al-muhannadi · September 19, 2010

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Alison Furuto · September 14, 2010

I think the architect did a great job in framing the appropriate view for the couple while providing shade as well. A very nice transition is made from the interior, more private spaces, to the outside space.

Lina Rojas · September 08, 2010

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Michael Baugus · September 05, 2010

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Ruxandra Neagos · September 04, 2010

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Mike · September 04, 2010

I don't know why, but I love the wooden bridge over the water to get to the entrance ... it's a very nice project overall!

what is the material of the outdoor kitchen counter tops..looks like copper with patina in the pictures.

zamelgirl · September 04, 2010

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Kevin · September 04, 2010

Yep! Same question as Neko. The price of the house really took me back. How did you determine it?

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Graciela Arreola · September 03, 2010

Congratulations to the people who collaborated on this project. Impressive!!!!!!

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pietro g · September 03, 2010

walking through a bathroom to get to a bedroom??? a little odd

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neko · September 03, 2010

nice house / nice location

i'm a little skeptical of the budget ($290,000) for a 3000 sq.ft house of that quality.

incredible value if true.

Matt Krygowski · September 03, 2010

Kind of torn on the interior, though. Its okish.. Zamel House / Kontrast Arquitectura -- http://bit.ly/9seIOW

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PaPiPa · September 03, 2010

Nice house, and nice decoration details. But I dont like the idea of entering the bedrooms through the bathroom.

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Brice · September 03, 2010

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Healthy Surfchick · September 03, 2010

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up_today_arch · September 03, 2010

Beautiful location, very nice house and very professional solution for the plan...

the_Dude · September 03, 2010

Great site! Fantastic views...
The pool relationship with interiors is very grand and the decking onto the beach looks awesome, however, going through bathrooms and toilets to get to bedrooms seems a completely bizarre concept in my opinion.
The "glass fenced" toilet in Master Bath. looks a little odd to me too.
But overall a pleasant place to hang out.

Lori Zamel · September 04, 2010 09:00 AM

The "glass fence" allows you to sit in privacy and look at the view all the way down the beach to river mouth. Come and visit and you'll understand.

Jorge Herrera · September 03, 2010 11:04 PM

You´re right, but there was no more space to do things, the actual piece of land to work with was 139sqm, so I had to give preference to the main areas. Thanks for your comments!!

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