Zacatitos 02

Off grid desert dwelling San José del Cabo / Mexico / 2011

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This project is the second of a series of desert dwelling prototypes that comprise an ongoing body of research into off-grid living in a relatively extreme climate. All three research sites are located in the remote community of Los Zacatitos, in Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Zacatitos 02 is an architectural experiment that fully explores the concept of architecture as a device which mediates one’s occupation and experience of the landscape. It presents a minimal architectural aesthetic wherein interior and exterior blend seamlessly, lightly demarcated by large operable glazing panels. The detail-oriented minimalism evoke and inevitability that is a direct reflection of the frugality and sparseness that is the ethos of this landscape.


Using a convertible architecture this project strives to strives to provide a sense of inhabitation of the landscape which affords the luxury of being neither completely inside, nor entirely outside, but somewhere in between.  To achieve this, the primary living space features three walls with large operable glazing panels that fully retract, providing the effect of expanding the dwelling almost infinitely into the natural landscape beyond. The concrete topography of the dwelling dematerializes in fragments as it extends into the desert context. The restrained material palette consisting almost exclusively of glass, concrete, steel, and aluminum provides a minimal monochromatic landscape that is a direct reflection of the ethos of the desert.


Location / Los Zacatitos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Project Type / New Build
Size: 1600 sf
Completion / 2011 


Photo Credits: John Sinal

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    This project is the second of a series of desert dwelling prototypes that comprise an ongoing body of research into off-grid living in a relatively extreme climate. All three research sites are located in the remote community of Los Zacatitos, in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Zacatitos 02 is an architectural experiment that fully explores the concept of architecture as a device which mediates one’s occupation and experience of the landscape. It presents a minimal architectural aesthetic...

    Project details
    • Year 2011
    • Work started in 2011
    • Work finished in 2011
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence
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