Situated in Tulum, this small boutique hotel rises between the trees, in which the main concept consisted in preserving 70% of the existing vegetation in order to build around it. By achieving this, every space of the project is always in relation to its natural surroundings.

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Project name: Jungle Keva
Company name: Jaquestudio
Website: www.jaquestudio.com
Contact e-mail: jacosta@jaquestudio.com
Project location: Tulum, Quintana Roo, México
Completion Year: 2018

Other participants:
Lead architect: Jesús Acosta
Design Team: Fernando Abogado, Everardo Castro, Víctor Rosete
Client: Kendall Inman / www.junglekevatulum.com
Construction Contractor: Ceiba Inmobiliaria / http://ceibainmobiliaria.com/
Photo credits: César Béjar

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Jungle Keva By Jaquestudio - Sheet1The hotel has five 50m2 lodges, formed by a double height room, a mezzanine or “tapanco”, a terrace and an indoor-outdoor bathroom. At the back of the lot the social areas are located, with a dining space and yoga pavilion hanging in cantilever over the pool.

The main idea of this water element is to be extruded from the ground in between the vegetation. For this reason, two old zapote trees were preserved, which look as they were rising from the pool itself.

Jungle Keva By Jaquestudio - Sheet3All the project is composed by local materials, as well as low maintenance and natural textures, which provide a warm atmosphere to the buildings. A particular finish found on the walls is “chukum”, a Mayan stucco characteristic of the region, which uses a tree resin to give its distinctive color, appearance and durability. The objective was to use materials that age with dignity, so that with the passing of time the architecture acquires character and a deeper sense of belonging.

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Jungle Keva By Jaquestudio - Sheet6The different volumes of the complex are scattered along the lot, between the trees and stone paths, which provide a sensation of being in a small village in the Mayan jungle.

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