Zozaya Arquitectos design Punta Majahua, a suite of petal like beachfront residences

Located in the surf village of Troncones in Guerrero, Mexico, the villas of Punta Majahua eye tranquil luxury for their guests with an organic and fluid architectural style.

by Anmol AhujaPublished on : Mar 09, 2021

A new wave of Mexican architecture has found its definition at the turn of this decade. Along with several culturally rich developing countries on a search for a definitive architectural statement or style, Mexico is finding its own critical regionalism in a unique and exciting combination of several factors, including but not limited to, the country’s booming travel economy, the extensive climatic considerations for building in the tropics, and an inherently local choice of material for construction, especially along the coasts. Among several notable works aligning with the same spheres, the Punta Majahua by Zihuatanejo based Zozaya Arquitectos is a championing development.

  • Punta Majahua is located on the surf villa of Troncones in Mexico | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Punta Majahua is located on the surf villa of Troncones in Mexico Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • Position of the Punta Majahua on a 10,000 sq.m. peninsula land | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Position of the Punta Majahua on a 10,000 sq.m. peninsula land Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • The luxurious beachfront villas are organic and fluid in architectural character | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The luxurious beachfront villas are organic and fluid in architectural character Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya

The luxury beachfront residential development finds its footing on a hectare of peninsular land, located in a remote village with a population just north of 500, according to the last census conducted more than a decade ago. From a tourist’s point of view, or of the ever migrating digital nomad looking for remote working destinations, this is a location that is as enticing as it is embracing. The development then seeks to draw immense and suitable advantage from the land it is on and its natural morphology, with the architects choosing to develop the Punta Majahua as close to the beach as possible. While the sweeping ocean views are canonical here, the buildings in the complex are also oriented to the north, deemed ideal for beaches in order to keep the units sufficiently cooled.

  • The designed residences blend organically with the site | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The designed residences blend organically with the site Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • The Punta Majahua project consists of 39 housing units | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The Punta Majahua project consists of 39 housing units Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • The masterplan for the beachfront residences comprise six buildings of three floors each | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The masterplan for the beachfront residences comprise six buildings of three floors each Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • Use of curved walls help improve the view and cross-ventilation | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Use of curved walls help improve the view and cross-ventilation Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya

‘Punta’ in Spanish literally translates to a tip, implying the sharp, beaked end of the peninsula the site is located on. The masterplan of the project has six interconnected structures in a chained manner, curving across the tip. Over three floors each, and five to eight residences, the development delivers a total of 39 units with varying levels of occupant luxury and facilities. Along with the fully-equipped individual villas, common amenities on the grounds include a covered garage area, paddle court, a family swimming pool with a semi Olympic lap lane, an administrative office, a gym, staffing and service area, orchards for the resident’s consumption, and green areas. At the ground level, the residences open up to semi-private gardens with exclusive exits to the beach, while the upper units dwell on expansive, panoramic ocean views towards the sea, and those of the Sierra Madre on the back.

  • The family swimming pool in Punta includes a semi olympic lap lane | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The family swimming pool in Punta includes a semi olympic lap lane Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • Residences designed to obtain spectacular ocean views while maintaining privacy between units | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Residences designed to obtain spectacular ocean views while maintaining privacy between units Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • Interiors are designed using local materials of the Zihuantanejo coastal style, such as masonry walls, bamboo, bush-hammered marble floors, parota wood, and bamboo carpentry | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Interiors are designed using local materials of the Zihuantanejo coastal style, such as masonry walls, bamboo, bush-hammered marble floors, parota wood, and bamboo carpentry Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya

Apart from the facilities, however, what outlines this project is its swiveling form, its walls curving inwards and outwards like a flower’s petals, enclosing the sanctum of a home within. The curves are especially pronounced on the side of the structure’s frontage, opposite to the beach, and on the ground floor, where the curves are the façade. The curvilinear approach eliminates typicality that is common for residential arrangements such as this one, and gives each of the homes a unique form, resolving spaces in a way more integrally focussed on harnessing views, natural light inside homes, and cross ventilation. The materials used inside individual homes, from the structure itself to the smallest piece of ornamentation, are a revelation in context, reflective of a traditional Zihuantanejo coastal style. Masonry walls and bamboo for the structure, dry palm branches for the gazebos and palapas, river stones for the ornamentation of rugs, baseboards in the interiors, bamboo carpentry, and bush hammered marble floors along with parota wood outline the villas’ diverse material palette. What is realised here is a rare common ground between a contemporary outlook and appeal, along with a vernacular, functional style of architecture.

  • Dry palm branches have been used for the gazebos and palapas | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Dry palm branches have been used for the gazebos and palapas Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya
  • Own residual water treatment plant that facilitates the reuse of water for the plants | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Own residual water treatment plant that facilitates the reuse of water for the plants Image: Cesar Belio & Daniel Zozaya

Owing to a scarcity of water in the region, underlining the national crisis as well, the landscaping of the project was composed with a regenerative approach, based on an analysis and understanding of the local ecosystem. Using regional vegetation with low water consumption, the shrubbery used is capable of withstanding the strong ocean breeze and salinity. The planting of local fruit trees and the use of turf and gravel in various hardscaped areas across the site further aids in reduced water consumption. Alongside a residual water treatment plant on site, the irrigation system also recycles grey water to feed the plants on site.

  • Floor plans of the Punta Majahua | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Floor plans of the Punta Majahua (Nicole) Image: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos
  • Sectional drawing Y-Y1 | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Sectional drawing Y-Y1 (Nicole) Image: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos
  • Elevation drawing of the South Facade | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Elevation drawing of the South Facade Image: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos
  • Floor plans of the Punta Majahua (Frida) | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Floor plans of the Punta Majahua (Frida) Image: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos
  • Sectional drawing (Frida) | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Sectional drawing Y-Y1 (Frida) Image: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos
  • Elevation drawing of the East Facade | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Elevation drawing of the East Facade Image: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos

The Punta Mahajua serves as a landmark development for the Troncones community and village, a magnet for the international tourist and surfing community owing to its excellent current and waves, and the offer of an alternate, more peaceful lifestyle. The idea for the place dwells on an alignment of its architecture and its patrons with the coasts of the Mexican Pacific: rooted in context and culture, with a widely cosmopolitan allure, allowing them to sit back and experience a more natural, organic, harmonious vibration during their stay.

03 mins watch Punta Majahua offers a new lifestyle with a harmonious vibration inclined to the Mexican Pacific coasts | Punta Majahua | Zozaya Arquitectos | STIRworld
Punta Majahua offers a new lifestyle with a harmonious vibration inclined to the Mexican Pacific coasts Video: Courtesy of Zozaya Arquitectos

Project Details

Name: Punta Majahua
Architects: Zozaya Arquitectos
Location: Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico
Área: 7,773 m2
Year of completion: 2021

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