The hospitality industry is notorious for its mass energy consumption and waste production. Casa Xixim, however, bucks that trend with its environmentally friendly design that integrates permaculture principles and use of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. Designed by Specht Architects, the beautiful eco-luxe resort is completely self-sustaining and is tucked away on a protected private beach just outside Tulum, Mexico.
The 4,800-square-foot Casa Xixim is a four-suite “eco-luxe” villa that boasts stunning views of the pristine Soliman Bay. The net-neutral building features large cutouts in the walls to allow for cooling cross breezes and to maximize views of the site. Visitors—the resort can accommodate up to 12—have access to a private pool, beach, on-site chef, and other luxury amenities.
Casa Xixim serves as a cool and modern backdrop to its tropical surroundings. Its mostly white walls are complemented by a few light timber surfaces and the interior is minimally decorated to avoid clutter and to keep the focus on the outdoor environment. The grid-tied resort is powered by a photovoltaic array that tops a canopy shading the large rooftop terrace. Rainwater is collected, filtered, and stored for use. Native plant species grow on the roof to provide insulation.
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