Caplan House is a stunning rustic residence in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, designed by Israel Pacheco “Houses Tulum” with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, gardens, and a gorgeous pool surrounded by landscape.
The contemporary home with a fascinating minimalist style has biophilic and rustic undertones courtesy of locally resourced materials, landscaped pockets, and construction techniques. Unique design details create a great visual attraction.
The L-shape floor plan of the house ensures that all the ground floor have access to the landscape and the pool, which is the core of the layout design. The open concept and vegetation in the lot create total integration and spaciousness in the spaces, bringing unmatched energy inside the home.
Rocks, native flora, and limestone surround the pool area, making it the perfect place to sit back and relax. The partial overhang made from twigs in a black metal frame generates a pleasant shadow over the area elevating its cheerful and cozy ambiance. The wooden deck around the space is equipped with white recliners.
The Caplan House has two floors; the ground floor spaces and outdoor areas are integrated by large, operable frames, which facilitate the cross-ventilation within the rooms.
Indigenous architects have revived an ancient Mayan stucco technique called “Chukum,” which gives the double-height loft-style living room an earthy, rustic material palette.
To perfectly blend contemporary and regional architecture, the natural earthy, pinkish color of Chukum stucco knit together with the cool gray of the exposed concrete flooring and the darker black of the window frames and accent walls.
Unlike conventional designs, the living area includes a sunken conversation pit and the unused part of the staircase utilized as a seating display area.
The tastefully furnished interior spaces, locally handcrafted furniture, and the beautiful satin silk thread chandelier tie the area together.
The floating wooden staircase from the loft-style living room leads to two primary bedrooms with attached bathrooms and private balconies.
The primary main bedroom has a lighter color scheme than the second bedroom, which has a more prominent use of cool gray on its walls.
Both bedrooms have a prominent attribute featuring locally-sourced furniture made from live-edge wood and organic materials.
The large cantilevers above the balconies filter the heat and sunlight and just let in just the light into the room.
The main primary bathroom has exposed concrete flooring and stone wall with a pale color scheme and a brown, faux-wood door adding a splash of color and an ethereal rustic charm to the space.
The Caplan House exemplifies tradition and simplicity with its local materials and warm lighting. Moreover, the house is an aggregation of contemporary design and traditional Mexican architecture amidst a rapidly urbanizing setting.
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