- Model Photographs:César Béjar
- Text:Víctor Alcérreca
- Interior Design:Claudia Muñoz
- Constructor:Cipriano Hernández
- Consultants:Salvador Reyes, Josefina Larraín
Text description provided by the architects. The beach is some distance away. On a “leftover” space with no beach frontage and close to the boundary of the mangrove swamps, where construction is prohibited, the three bays of this construction serve to create an aquatic landscape all its own for this hotel. Three large green roofs contain the rooms, while remained isolated from each other. In this way, the palapa retains its clear and simple construction. This archaic logic, learned from the traditional Mayan house, allows the walls to be freed from their structural role. With the walls thus liberated, the room is isolated by the water, which flows in from the flooded courtyard, in a brief reminder of the mangrove swamps that cover Holbox Island. To be able to rest beneath a palapa built from solid, aromatic cedar wood and experience it as a space is the premise of all the rooms, which is why a second floor is precluded.
Instead of the simple, pragmatic—and habitual—placing of circulation routes between the rooms, the walkways are shifted to the perimeter of the site. The heart of the project can only be inhabited wet and preferably in repose. The small hotel emerges from the site to negotiate with rising sea levels on an unstable island; or it anticipates this condition with its drowned cloister, depending on the viewpoint. At the narrowest corner of the project, like a keel, a tower accommodates the services while providing a viewpoint over the mangrove swamp to the two water bodies that demarcate this strip of land we call Holbox.