Studio: CO-LAB Design Office
Project: Tulum Treehouse
Location: Tulum, Mexico
Credit: Architecture: CO-LAB Design Office, Interiors: Annabell Kutucu + CO-LAB Design Office, Photography: Claus Brechenmacher
Set at the edge of the jungle/mangrove along the beach road leading to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, this private residence is a collaborative effort between local artisans, builders, designers and Tulum-based Co-Lab Design Office, who put sustainability above all else to create a five-bedroom, full-service jungle escape. The white concrete structure intertwines with the surrounding jungle through its wraparound terraces, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and spacious bedrooms set between the trees. Relaxing hammocks, outdoor showers, and a 20-person dining space on the rooftop, encourage guests to drink in Mexico’s natural beauty over a long slow meal. The makers of Tulum Treehouse come from very different backgrounds but are united in their commitment to using local, organic, sustainable materials and practices whenever possible. Tulum Treehouse relies on a full solar setup, with a back-up generator, a two-pronged water treatment system and rain water collection system. All the woods for the project are certified as sustainably harvested. Light and air flow through tranquil rooms appointed with local textiles and ceramics, Oaxacan rugs, and bespoke furnishings by Yucatan artisans. Organic materials from in and around Tulum are favored, resulting in a truly contextualized aesthetic that respects Mexico’s natural landscapes.