Hotel Mar Adentro is probably one on the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen recently. Situated in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, this architectural gem is a true lection in minimalism.
According to Miguel Ángel Aragonés, the architect, architecture has a soul, just like we do. The purpose of his works is to create harmony between all of its parts. The value of his spaces resides in their simplicity, in how plainly he presents them, and in the capacity for dialogue he achieves. The spaces he creates do not overtax forms, thus making it possible for us to pause for a moment while awakening all our senses. Time stands still, so that we may experience true contemplation. Architecture, according to this architect – someone who is always creating, and taking human sentiment into account – can be the start of an enjoyable and enriching life experience. He creates these spaces so that good things can start happening .
“The limit of the view is the horizon, constant and linear; only its mood changes, never its form,” Aragonés explains. “I imagined floating houses, houses like boxes that I would harvest in order to trap light. At Hotel Mar Adentro, the houses are made of glass on the seaside, and of concrete where they meet both Sun and desert. They are cubes in the middle of the ocean that use water not to navigate, but to sustain life. Everything becomes water, flooding your eyes and running through your body as well.”
Seen from the sky, Mar Adentro becomes a harmonic archipelago, a set of small white islets perfectly assimilated into the seascape the architect has procured. A poetic space, where everything flows and melds.We are surrounded by water; we are also largely composed of water. There, everything floats, and gravity doesn’t seem to exist.
It is the purest, most minimalist landscape a horizon could have drawn. On either side, this dreamlike scenery collided with what humans consider to be aesthetic and build and baptize as architecture.