A Tijuana Architect Puts Mexican Design on the Map by

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 24, 2013

A Tijuana Architect Puts Mexican Design on the Map

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 24, 2013

Tijuana and modernist architecture seem like an oxymoron, but architect Jorge Gracia of Gracia Studio—with offices in both Tijuana and San Diego—is quickly changing that perception. Gracia, a graduate of Tijuana's Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste, has been in the news for his award-winning pre-fab dwellings for Endemico, a winery with guest cabins located in Baja's Valle de Guadalupe, located on a natural reserve 90 minutes south of San Diego. Drawing on local materials and tradesmen, Gracia created twenty cabins that blend seamlessly into the mountainside overlooking the vineyards on the valley floor below. For more information and cabin reservations, go to Hotel Endemico.

Hotel Endemico: Remodelista

Above: Gracia had the Corten steel cabins, which are intended to gain a a weathered patina over time,  pre-constructed in Mexicali then trucked in and installed on the mountainside.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: The entrance to the winery serves a as reception are for guests, with the cabins on the hill above.

  Endemico winery

Above: The winery overlooks vineyards on the valley floor in a region that is home to some of Mexico's largest wineries.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: The cabins are built on raised platforms tucked into the side of the mountain, causing minimal environmental impact on their surroundings.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: Gracia chose steel and concrete for the materials as they are plentiful and the quality of wood is not great in Mexico.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: Each cabin is 20 square feet in size and is minimally furnished.

Hotel Endemico: Remodelista

Above: Local tradesmen built the custom fixtures and furniture.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: There is wi-fi in each cabin but no telephone service. Walkie talkies are used for the latter.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: A wooden deck leads off each cabin.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: A Mexican Kiva surrounded by chairs, custom made by Gracia Studio.

Hotel Endemico: Remodelista

Above: A swimming pool built to blend in with the surrounding boulders.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: The poolside bar.

Hotel Endemico: Remdelista

Above: A shaded area by the pool.

 

 

 

 



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