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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa Xixim in Tulum, Mexico by Specht Harpman

 
May 6th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Specht Harpman

This residence, on a narrow lot fronting a protected bay in Tulum, Mexico, was designed to be fully self-sufficient, and to immerse the occupants in the range of environments that the site offers.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Project: Casa Xixim
  • Location: Tulum, Mexico
  • Software used: Sketchup

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

A narrow path brings visitors through dense vegetation to a large living / dining / kitchen space that is fully open to the beach beyond. Four bedrooms, above and adjacent to this space, can also be fully opened to the exterior. The transparency of the house allows prevailing winds to flow through and provide cooling while maximizing views of the site.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

The house is powered by a photovoltaic canopy that shades a large rooftop terrace. This terrace also collects rainwater that is filtered and stored for use. Other roof areas are planted with native species that provide insulation and screening. All waste is processed through a digester and artificial wetlands system. Casa Xixim is an ecoluxe, grid-tied, net-neutral house that works in harmony with its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

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