Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Brand New
  • Company/Firm
    Luxury Frontiers
  • Lead Designer
    Graeme Labe, Managing Director & Principal
  • Other Designer(s)
    Nadia Ghillino, Idalina Silva, Micayla Freeman
  • Architect
    Graeme Labe, Nadia Ghillino, Micayla Freeman
  • Interior Designer
    Idalina Silva, Nadia Ghillino
  • Hospitality
    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Photo Credit
    Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort
  • Location
    Punta Mita, Mexico
  • Project Date
    December 1, 2022

Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort is an adult-only nature retreat and features 15 luxury tents overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Naviva celebrates the intrinsic bond that humans have with nature through biophilic design–an architectural approach that connects people to their natural surroundings. The entire resort experience emphasizes indoor and outdoor living, providing a distinct narrative that focuses on nature, place, and culture. Naviva was constructed with alternative building materials to create an innovative, hybrid architecture, including copper shingles, laminated bamboo arches, and nature-inspired patterns on high-performance canvas. While not an obvious combination, the resulting balance that was achieved is nothing short of spectacular. In designing the interior spaces, the firm aimed to collaborate with local suppliers and manufacturers. This not only supported local businesses but also gave insight into local traditions and materials used in Mexican culture. All building forms, interior designs, and guest narratives can be tied back to a form or natural phenomenon found in the surrounding context—thus, creating a design concept that is fully derived from nature.