Quintana Roo, a state in the Mexican federation, was one of the last region inhabited by the Mayas, where they settled down and built important cities, today still well preserved. The coastal region is one of the protagonist of the modern tourism developments along the Mexican Caribbean coastline and its short distance from Cancún and the surrounding “Riviera Maya” has made it a popular tourist site in the Yucatan region. Furthermore, among the archeologycal sites, the Tulum ruins are the third most-visited one in Mexico, after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. The touristical destinations are now divided into four main areas: the archaeological sites, the pueblos (or towns), the zona hotelera (or hotel zone) and the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an. Surrounded by the Mexican forest with beautiful indigenous plant life and only around a kilometre away from the seaside, “Cocoon”, a concept for an eco-friendly resort is landed. Inspired by the primordial sensation of the nest and the relative need of protection, we wanted to design a space in which to feel embraced, protected, giving anyone the possibility to reconnect with the inner self or with the community, through a building that base its design on elements like local materials and natural patterns. Nature that becomes architecture: the curves of a riverbed, of the sea waves, of the desert’s sand... all to achieve a wide vocabulary of visual elements to mutate into designing language, in materials and shapes, for a bio-mimicry architecture. Furthermore, we are all used to see birds nest since childhood; it’s a familiar shape that remembers us birth and family... in this concept the nest becomes the external language of the cluster, a filter between the completely natural forest and the man-made building. Moreover, this expedient, combined with the low height of the complex, make us possible to camouflage the built with the environment, letting the nearby Mayan buildings to stand out attracting the deserved attention. The distribution of the different units in the plot follows the concept of a molecule containing different elements, with the nest as a membrane, the buildings as cells and the water to connect the whole system. This last element, in fact, keeps together the single units, like a river, shaping islands and passages for the guests’ own curiosity. The users are welcome in a self-discovery trip, surrounded by a cluster built around them. At the ground floor, the internal spaces make a frame for the internal garden: the main utilities are located here like the main lobby, the cafe’, the restaurant, the spa, the beach bar, the kids club, the meeting and conference space and much more, plus the first round of rooms. The intermediate floor consists in guest rooms and an executive lounge, exclusive for meetings or important hosts. All the rooms are closed to the forest side, where the main corridor takes place, but open to the internal garden, where every room is provided with a private pool. This decision was made on purpose, feeding the guests with enough curiosity to live and enjoy the rooftop, where a garden roof and a 360 degrees breathtaking view of the paradisiacal Mexican tropical forest will amaze them. The internal courtyard is divided into 5 main areas comprehensive of one kids’ swimming pool, two other swimming pools, one island dedicated to the beach bar and one for the cafe’. All the islands are connected by bridges, letting the people free to swim underneath from (and to) every part of the complex. The total built area is 36.781 square meters on an available surface of 39.820 square meters, allowing the distribution, apart from the amenities, of 240 guest rooms, 24 suites, 7 penthouses and 9 party villas. All the spaces are designed to accommodate every generations in a luxurious, intimate and quiet space, surrounded by nature, friends and a beautiful atmosphere.
DNA is a studio of Architecture, Planning, Landscape, Interiors, and Design and develops projects with a high calibre of innovation within a global strategy of internationalisation. Founded by Spanish architect Aryanour Djalali, DNA BARCELONA ARCHITECTS represents a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of affinity for nature. With its core design philosophy of a city vision of the future based in the spiritual and emotional needs of residents, DNA endeavors to create a balance between humanity, city, and environment.
Every project is unique, with its own personality, its own soul and its own “DNA”. DNA company has been the winner of Several awards such as IPA - INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARD AFRICA 2017, IDA - INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS 2016, BUILD - HONOR AWARDS 2016, AI - INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2016 and others.