Casa Alegría

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Short-term Rental
  • Company/Firm
  • Lead Designer
    Enrique García Tinoco
  • Other Designer(s)
    José Antonio González
  • Architect
    Enrique García Tinoco
  • Interior Designer
    Benjamin Lambert
  • Hospitality
    Private Owner
  • Construction Company
  • Photo Credit
    Alex Krotkov
  • Location
  • Project Date
  • Developer

Casa Alegria is a vacation rental residence located in Zicatela, Oaxaca, on the southwest coast of Mexico. The project sought to achieve a strong sense of belonging and connection with the natural and cultural environment. The mediterranean-inspired architectural style was chosen, together with the design, to foster an active beach environment and incorporate elements of vernacular architecture and local materials.

The palm palapa and new local certified parota wood, and wood recovered from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which is more than 70 years old, became the main materials and the elements that give a sense of belonging and connection to the area.

The design prioritized openness, visual range and the connection between the interior and exterior spaces, creating unique dynamics of coexistence and habitability for the users.

The project has had a significant impact on the area, not only for its architectural quality and its integration into the natural and cultural environment, but also for its influence on the development of the community. Once construction was completed, neighbors began to improve their homes, which has significantly transformed the neighborhood.