Sordo Madaleno reveals the project for a new hotel in Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Sordo Madaleno Architects have created the design for a new hotel in Sea of Cortez. The site is sited in La Paz, Baja California Sur in northern Mexico. The area is one of the most significant for ecotourism and is chosen by Chable, a growing group of ultra-luxury spas and resorts, for their new Chable Sea of Cortez. The project is located on land that consists of an undeveloped beach located between two hills that overlook the ocean with elevated views and direct access to a main road south of La Paz.
Sordo Madaleno Architects explain, “Our concept starting point was to be unfailing in delivering a sense of place and to intervene as respectfully as possible the gentle slope of the land. The experience of the desert landscape would be our primary mission and would dictate all subsequent steps in masterplan, architecture and interior design.”
The masterplan’s proposal is to place half of the room units on each hill with uninterrupted views to the ocean, Lobby and Beachside Amenities in the valley a short distance from the beach, Back-of-House near the main road, and Spa halfway between the beach and main road as an inward-looking structure.
Of the 50 units required, the rooms are divided into 120-sqm standard rooms, 409-sqm Double Villas, and the 500-sqm Royal Villa. Alongside these, it includes a Spa and other amenities like restaurants, an Event Space, and a Boutique. This program, along with Back-of-House, Wellness Villas, and Brand residences, totals 15,767 sqm.
After a series of configuration studies, it was determined that the scheme should be based on a branching system. Each branch is a central access path that runs parallel to the hill’s slope with rooms sitting at a 23-degree angle to it. Angles between branches are designed to be open enough so that any room has an uninterrupted visual connection with the Sea of Cortez.
The form was designed so that it opens towards ocean views and closes to shield views into any other rooms. A wavy naturalistic surface was designed to integrate each room into a single formal organic gesture, which gradually separates and reconnects with the landscape. “It is architecture as landscape and landscape as architecture.”