Cabo II

Project Objectives


The goal of this project was to create an iconic, custom home—an architectural marvel—for a private client who loved to entertain.  The home was to include:

  • An open feel that took in the amazing 270-degree views of the Cabo San Lucas Beach and Pacific Ocean
  • Two private master suites
  • Indoor/outdoor swimming pools
  • A large kitchen and open living room
  • A media center
  • Hotel-like accommodations for guests with three stories and nine guest rooms, complete with a staircase and elevator
  • Maid’s quarters
  • A two-car garage and surface parking for five
  • A landscaped “green” roof

Project Objectives


The goal of this project was to create an iconic, custom home—an architectural marvel—for a private client who loved to entertain.

The home was to include:



  • An open feel that took in the amazing 270-degree views of the Cabo San Lucas Beach and Pacific Ocean
  • Two private master suites
  • Indoor/outdoor swimming pools
  • A large kitchen and open living room
  • A media center

  • Hotel-like accommodations for guests with three stories and nine guest rooms, complete with a staircase and elevator
  • Maid’s quarters
  • A two-car garage and surface parking for five
  • A landscaped “green” roof



Challenges


There were several challenges facing this project, including:

  • Client communications: the project took place in 1992—the client was international and the vast array of communication tools available today did not yet exist.
  • Fledgling design technology: in 1992, design software tools were also limited. In addition to traditional pen-and-ink, trace paper, and hand-drawn elevations, AutoCAD was used to generate plan views and to help dimension (metric and imperial) the complex curvilinear design.
  • Difficult site & complex design: the design required the creation of circular walls on this small, cliff-side site, that were mapped over existing rock outcroppings. The outcroppings would be maintained as features inside the home. All materials for the design had to be natural and sourced locally from Cabo and other parts of Mexico.

“I love it. I absolutely love it!”

– Private Owner

Solution


Though AutoCAD was a young technology at the time, it provided the necessary tools to generate tangencies for the various walls to properly dimension the design. For construction, an insulation and wire-framed mesh was used with gunite to accommodate the circular walls, which saved time and money by avoiding what would have been difficult concrete form work. Essentially, the resulting retaining walls were akin to pools, leaving the rest of the project to be built with concrete. Due to a tight site on the side of a cliff, the pools were cantilevered and stepped down the cliff to accommodate the size and provide for an unforgettable pool experience. The guest rooms were dropped down into the hill instead of up, and a hidden circular stair connected the upper and lower pools, creating intimate spaces for both guests and home-owner alike.

Tools

AutoCAD, pen-and-ink, trace paper, and lots of airline tickets to Cabo San Lucas!

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