Written by: VISUALHOUSE
Photography: Alex Krotkov
Casona Sforza, or House Sforza, is located in the coastal town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Designed by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach, this boutique hotel located in Puerto Escondido offers 11 guest suites and a bar and restaurant, set on a 4,500-square-metre site that looks toward the ocean. The primary design intent of the property was to integrate with the landscape and to offer comfortable spaces for reflection.
The interior design, overseen by Mexico City's MOB Studio, is meant to feel bohemian, with the use of earthy colors, tropical woods and handcrafted decor. It also draws upon the hotel's seaside context and distinctive architecture.
Much of the furniture and decor was made in Mexico. Rugs were woven in the small village of Teotitlán del Valle, and palm-leaf lamps came from the port city of Veracruz. Curtains, chairs and hammocks were fabricated in the Yucatán Peninsula.
The resort consists of arched volumes of varying heights, which are arranged in an asymmetrical manner. The vaulted shape offers several benefits, including being able to withstand earthquakes and allowing positive energy to flow into the suites.
The volumes are constructed of local bricks – a material that helps keep interior rooms cool without the use of air conditioning. The bricks have a pale yellow hue that reflects sunlight and further aids in cooling.
"Guests can visit the project to learn about where the products consumed in the hotel come from, experience the forest, and learn about building such a community from the ground up," the team said.