Chablé Los Cabos

Chablé Los Cabos, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

The project occupies a site enjoying sweeping views over the Gulf of California in Baja California Sur, among cacti, sinuous sand dunes and the sea. The organic architecture provides a sheltering function, and not as an accident, it is an echo of the topography, of the waves of the sea, and of the local flora and fauna. Each element emerges from and adapts to the terrain, as if the architecture had been dug out of the site. A series of layout studies helped to make clear that the architectural part should be based on a branching system, to achieve an uninterrupted visual connection with the Sea of Cortez, and to achieve more space between each module to generate privacy. These branches separate the rooms from the rest of the program, with the lobby entrance on the east side of the terrain and the distribution of the room modules and amenities closer to the sea; a spa and gymnasium on the south side and a fine dining restaurant crowning the north side. The intention to construct a system of 46 independent room modules was to express a subtly cohesive order while not making it too dense. Each line of rooms is covered by a continuous, lightweight roof that undulates to create greater openness. The continuity of these roofs integrates the elements scattered across the terrain. In order to systematically order the complex, the standard rooms appear in the “stalk” of each branch while the presidential suites crown each branch.