Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman

Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman

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  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4800 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Taggart Sorensen
Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman - Sofa, Beam
© Taggart Sorensen

Text description provided by the 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.

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© Taggart Sorensen
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Floor Plan

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

Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman - Bedroom, Bed
© Taggart Sorensen
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Floor Plan

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. 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.

Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman - Windows
© Taggart Sorensen

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Address:Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

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Cite: "Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman" 25 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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