Bridge Between Cabins: A Unique Stay in Mexico

Mexican architect María José Gutiérrez has embarked on a visionary project, melding nature, architecture, and hospitality with her latest endeavor: Zeuhary Hospedaje Campestre. Nestled within the picturesque Valle de Guadalupe in Ensenada on the Baja Peninsula, this unique retreat comprises a cluster of charming round cabins enveloped in pine wood, linked by suspended bridges, offering an immersive vacation experience amidst a vineyard setting.

With a philosophy focused on crafting not just spaces but memorable experiences, Gutiérrez, leading the Mexican studio Arqos Arquitectura Arte Y Diseño, emphasized the integration of nature and humanity in this project. "Beyond creating spaces we aim to create experiences, where nature and human beings integrate and recognize each other," she expressed to Dezeen, underscoring a commitment to harmony between architecture and environment.

Completed in June 2022, the hospedaje spans 250 square meters, divided into five 40-square meter structures, each meticulously designed to capture the essence of the surrounding wine region. The cabins feature a thoughtful layout, with the ground floor bifurcated to accommodate a partially covered exterior porch leading into the sleeping area via glass sliding doors. Inside, organic materials sourced from the region and across Mexico adorn the interiors, creating a warm and inviting ambiance that celebrates Mexican craftsmanship and tradition.

The architectural ingenuity extends beyond aesthetics, with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency. The chukum finish on interior walls not only lends an organic texture but also aids in cooling during summer months, while recycled pine wood cladding ensures thermal insulation year-round. Each cabin is strategically oriented to offer captivating views without compromising privacy, while private in-ground jacuzzis and rooftop terraces provide additional relaxation spaces.

Central to the design are the fluid and dynamic pathways, including hanging bridges, wooden paths, and spiral staircases, encouraging guests to reconnect with themselves and embrace a sense of play and movement. Moreover, the design incorporates water conservation measures, with greywater reused for vineyard irrigation, reflecting a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Zeuhary Hospedaje Campestre stands as a testament to Gutiérrez's vision of harmonizing architecture, nature, and human experience. It exemplifies a new frontier in sustainable tourism, offering guests a sanctuary where they can immerse themselves in the beauty of the landscape while indulging in modern comforts. In a country known for its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes, this innovative retreat emerges as a beacon of responsible design and immersive hospitality.

In the broader context of Mexican architecture, Zeuhary Hospedaje Campestre joins a cohort of innovative projects, including S-AR's forest-glamping house in Nuevo León and Ludwig Godefroy's brutalist holiday home in Alférez, showcasing the diverse and evolving architectural landscape of the country.