Built in the 1950s on the top of a steep incline in Sayulita, a surfing town on the West coast of Mexico, among palm and almond trees, plantains , the original two-storey building was in dire need of renovation due to humidity problems and lack of maintenance. Recently renovated by Mexico and Sweden-based architectural practice MAIN OFFICE the architects thoroughly redesigned the existing structure adding a new guesthouse and a series of walkways and gardens that connect all the levels. Crucially, the design’s stepped configuration ensures that all indoor and outdoor spaces enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean.
Locally sourced wood and cement predominate in both the exterior and interior design which relies on a modernist, no-frills design language. Cement walls are finished with white stucco whereas floors and in-built furniture are rendered in polished concrete, the most stunning of which is a handcrafted, ocean-facing bathtub, built in-situ in the master bedroom.