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21st Century Crusoe House / Dellekamp Arquitectos

21st Century Crusoe House / Dellekamp Arquitectos
perspective 01 - © Daniel Carlson
perspective 01 - © Daniel Carlson

Located in a fishermen region of virgin beaches and extremely low density, this adventure house was intended as an iconic statement of lifestyle for the area. Designed by Dellekamp Arquitectos, the 21st century Crusoe house in Biósfera Río Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico, provides a unique experience of the Río Lagartos reserve by facilitating contact with nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The multi-level house, inspired by local architecture, implements an experimental modern design that makes extensive use of wood and bamboo. The house resembles a forest of columns with a pending room structure that is articulated as a box system divided by shutters. Its open façade concept, facing north to the sea, keeps the house naturally cool and ventilated. All energy supply is based on a sustainable concept, making use of solar systems, water recycling-collecting and wind energy. The raised floor enhances bioclimatic regulation and allows a free corridor of fauna and vegetation. The construction is also hurricane friendly and envisages the rise of water level.

perspective 02 - © Daniel Carlson
perspective 02 - © Daniel Carlson

The residence in itself is a tool to explore the place. Its daring design intends to provide an experience of adventure that detaches from the home feel of standard bungalow resorts, much closer to eco-tourism. The pool is accessed by a deck. The house is surrounded by soft interventions to the natural landscape, ludic elements such as decks, platforms, and dunes.

model 01
model 01

All facilities are the result of sustainable energy powered by the wind and the sun; it implements rain-water harvesting, grey water- recycling, and maintains its own well. The construction contemplates an amiable relationship with the local community through sustainability, fair-trade, use of local materials and local hiring for construction.

model 02
model 02

Architect: Dellekamp Arquitectos (Derek Dellekamp+Erickk Maass) Project Leader: Jachen Schleich Team: Julien Salabelle, Sandra Perez, Daniel Carlson Location: Biósfera Río Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico Program: Vacation house Date: 2010 Status: In progress Renders: Daniel Carlson Description: Yaoci Pardo

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "21st Century Crusoe House / Dellekamp Arquitectos" 19 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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