Casa Xixim by Specht Harpman

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Casa Xixim by 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 its occupants in the range of environments that the site offers. 013Image courtesy of 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. All four bedrooms can also be fully opened to the exterior and this transparency allows prevailing winds to provide cooling while maximizing views of the site.

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The house is powered by a photovoltaic canopy that shades a large rooftop terrace, which also collects rainwater that is filtered and stored for use. The house is completely off the grid, produces no excess, and works in harmony with its surroundings.


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