Located in Jalisco, Mexico, the Xala Resort comprises more than 1.000 hectares spread over an extensive beachfront area facing the lagoon.
“Xala will be a project that flourishes and sets a new benchmark from which sustainable, respectful, and community-based developments should be based on. I’m excited to work with the team and the community to bring our shared vision of delivering the most exceptional levels of tourism and a truly sustainable neighbourhood to this incredibly special part of the world.” Richard Gere
In partnership with Andringa Studio, which was responsible for the interior design, we developed the concept for three ranches with a focus on environmental and cultural sustainability; three units that can be seen as isolated from one another, or as one whole. The great challenge of this design was to transform a natural place into an architectural space with a strong relationship with the surrounding area, through a system of relationships that go beyond the visual area of the ranches. We played around with a mix of shaded and sunny areas, with different levels and textures and for a variety of purposes. The intervention is composed of several spaces interconnected via an exterior “street” that links them together. A rhythm is created by vertical elements and, depending on the division of the ranch that it serves, it widens or narrows, creating a hierarchy of spaces, constituting passage areas, living areas and service areas. Inside, the structural system is designed in an organic and flexible way. Among wooden pergolas, tejamanil roofs, clay breeze blocks, palapa thatch roofs , chukum and lime walls, lava tiles, textured and pigmented, natural patterns and textures reflect the spirit of the land, become the guiding principle of the design and invite us to reflect upon the visual relationship between the space and the landscape. Everything is earth, clay, wood, natural fibres, shadows and light.