Etéreo Riviera Maya is a luxury resort located inside the Kanai Riviera Maya complex, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The project is placed in a 10 hectares property situated in a mangrove swamp area, in the Mexican Caribbean. As it stands over three big platforms just 4 meters above sea level, the project evokes the feeling of floating above the mangrove, respecting its surrounding nature and highlighting the value of local flora.
Global Design & Architecture Design Awards 2022
Second Award | Hospitality (Built)
Project Name: Etéreo Riviera Maya
Studio Name: Migdal Arquitectos Jaime Varon – Abraham Metta – Alex Metta
The hotel is divided into 4 luxury zones: a public area (oval), a rest area (rectangle), a recreational area (trapeze) and the beach, arranged through a main axis that interconnects them for the users as well as for service purposes, it also provides organic connections through wooden pedestrian bridges that float above the mangrove swamp. The rest area, placed at the center of the complex, consists of eight buildings of three to four levels. Each one of them features five different kinds of suites that go from 60 to 240 square meters, with private green terraces, and some include a small swimming pool. These volumes are inspired by local Mayan architecture, as they are conformed by staggered blocks with double vertical and horizontal displacement which create plazas, circulations and terraces that bring privacy and shade to the spatiality of the suites.
To pay homage to Mayan tradition and to region-specific inspired design elements but still add a contemporary spirit to the design, the main materials utilized are stone based, wood, and chukum style stucco. The main facade of the suites is oriented to the East, looking out into the sea with large-scaled private terraces that integrate the inner with the outer space. This facade involves a characteristic kind of lattice, designed and done in wood and prefabricated concrete that works as a dimmer of morning sun rays while it gives the rooms more privacy.
Our design language public function areas draw on the wild and mystical nature of the surrounding landscape – looking at the design experience that can be created when it collides with the clean lines of contemporary Mexican architecture, embracing notions of tropical industrial – where wild organic meets modernist restraint.
The design embraces the perfectly balanced tension between the natural and the man-made. Residential quality spaces are designed to allow for the surrounding vistas to become the true focal point. Warm, natural materials juxtaposed with high-level finishes create unexpected drama through a seductively inviting palette.
The design of the spa visually expresses Mestre’s concept of highlighting the Mayan belief of connection between human beings and the universe. To create their cultural journey of wellness, the spa plan creates transitions and thresholds between programmatic elements that guide guests effortlessly toward and through various destinations. Visually, water below and sky above are exhibited in the interior through pools that step down, and cenote-like ceiling cut outs that ask guests to gaze up. Materials are simple, natural, and organic, highlighting the transition from earth to universe.