a destination for contemporary nomads
Architect Ludwig Godefroy takes over the coastal area of La Punta Zicatela, Mexico to build a serene retreat called Casa TO. Carved in concrete, the architecture marks an oasis along the Pacific Ocean where visitors are invited to be immersed in a “state of total contemplation”. Programmed as a boutique Hotel with only nine suites, Casa TO is a “manifesto of hospitality for introspection”. It attracts contemporary nomads from all over the world due to its proximity to the ecological community of Zicatela. These travelers generally seek out the vast beaches to surf or even meditate. The group notes that many often visit in hopes of helping release turtles to local sanctuaries.
casa to: reinterpreting a peaceful temple in Oaxaca
Renowned architect Ludwig Godefroy designed Casa TO to express “simplicity and conceptual elegance”. The unique space seeks to unite tradition with the avant-garde, while celebrating the peaceful natural environment. Casa TO takes its name from the driving concept of “serene contemplation of an enclosed space”, looking to the traditional temple of Oaxaca as a precedent and offering a contemporary reinterpretation. The architects note that the architecture produces “a radical sensory experience upon entering.
The team continues: “The structure evokes the reticulated pattern of two historic hydraulic works of timeless beauty: the Basilica Cistern or Yerebatan Sarayi in Istanbul, dating from the 6th century AD, and the Hornsey Wood Reservoir in Finsbury Park, London. , built in the 19th century.’
ludwig godefroy’s vaulted solarium
With Casa TO, Ludwig Godefroy creates a rich interplay of intimacy and exposure. The interiors create “an oasis closed off by the sky, the weight of the walls and the vegetation of climbing plants and fruit trees including banana trees and passion fruit”. Aesthetics and functionality are intertwined, expressing textural raw materials such as concrete, steel, clay and wood.
Casa TO is centered around its covered infinity pool and solarium. With its vaulted volumes, the infinity pool recalls Le Corbusier’s signature style with “straight lines, exposed load-bearing walls, light structures and open-plan interiors”. Meanwhile, the terraced solarium shows a subdivided organization to create privacy in each area. The adjoining volume houses the hotel suites and is designed to naturally introduce cool air – a necessity in the hot region. Three bedrooms on the upper level offer a terrace and an outdoor bath, while six bedrooms are located on the ground floor and incorporate gardens.
The team continues: “Casa TO’s natural surroundings defined the interior design, inspired by the natural pattern of a Madagascar Blue Bismarck (Bismarckia Nobilis) palm tree standing on the original site. The chosen color palette combines the natural tones of concrete and stainless steel with turquoise hues – popular in the ironwork, Natural Urbano studio lamps and other decorative details – and shades of yellow, blue and green .
“The furniture built by expert carpenters from Puebla, Guadalajara and Oaxaca conveys a sense of simplicity and delicacy and, together with the bamboo pieces designed by Tiago Solís Van Beuren, emphasize textures while bringing character to spaces. . These unique pieces, which bear witness to the richness and creativity of talented local artisans, can be purchased by customers on a fair trade model, allowing them to introduce exceptional objects into their daily lives.
“At Casa TO, consciousness and sustainability are considered fundamental aspects of luxury living today, and are expressed in its commitment to reducing its environmental impact with actions such as: a sewage treatment plant to reuse wastewater for planted areas; solar panels for storing energy; and a zero plastic policy.