Xaman Tulum by Estudio Atemporal
Located in the jungle of Tulum, this space, like its sister house in Mexico City, makes a different statement than the other places around, it hides its entrance, just to bring it to the attention of those who are really looking for a different experience, keeping the line of the speakeasy.
Architecture: Estudio Atemporal
Photography: Luis Gallardo LGM Studio
In this space a succession of concrete volumes emerge from the ground to contrast with the vegetation creating a series of pavilions with a heavy material feel that at the same time can be felt light by its structure.
The project divides its program according to the modules that make up the set: two independent pavilions that function as covered areas for diners, a bathroom area hidden behind what could be a pyramid and a bar that becomes the heart of the place leaving the kitchen and other services on the back.
Through basic constructive elements: columns, slabs, straight walls, curved walls and differences in heights of these, it is possible to create a different experience in each of the pavilions, always having a contact with the materiality in its purest expression and leaving very clear the function: to protect from the sun and tropical rain.
This space generates a very particular and not so obvious experience, making it feel like the discovery of a site of ruins within the jungle, which makes us question its temporality, as if it had always been there.