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Casa Aviv bu CO-LAB Design Office

Casa Aviv by CO-LAB embraces its jungle setting in Tulum

The living room opens straight on to an outdoor swimming pool of this private villa in Tulum, designed and built by Mexican firm CO-LAB Design Office.

Casa Aviv is tucked into a lush site along the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula. The 330-square-metre dwelling is designed to offer privacy and a calming atmosphere.

Casa Aviv's swimming pool in Mexico
The living room opens on to the pool

In addition to being near the beach, the rental holiday home is located a short distance from the area's famed natural pools known as cenotes.

"The house sits discretely in the jungle, merging indoor and outdoor into one generous, peaceful space," said CO-LAB Design Office, a local firm established in 2010.

Exterior of Casa Aviv
Jungle surrounds the holiday home

The building also responds to the "needs for durability and low maintenance of a rental property", the studio added.

Situated on a long, slender site, the house consists of two parallel bars – one being single storey, the other rising two levels.

Living room of Casa Aviv by Co-Lab Design Office
Pivoting glass doors open the living room to the outside

Walls are made of concrete masonry units (CMUs) with a hand-polished cement finish. Carefully placed apertures frame views of the verdant property. Cool breezes flow through the Casa Aviv, thanks to its positioning on the site.

"The house is oriented east to west, taking advantage of the prevailing winds and cross ventilation," the team said.

Interior of Casa Aviv in Tulum
Hand-polished cement covers the concrete walls

The ground level offers a mix of public and private spaces.

One side contains a double-height living and dining space. Tall, pivoting glass doors enable this area to flow directly into a small, crystalline swimming pool and garden.

Dining space of house in Tulum by Co-Lab Design Office
The dining area has a double-height ceiling

The other side of the main floor encompasses a kitchen and two en-suite bedrooms, one of which opens directly into the garden.

Up above, the team placed two intimate bedrooms, which are connected by a bridge. Lined with railings, the elevated walkway overlooks the public area below.

Kitchen and bridge of holiday home in Tulum
A bridge connects the upstairs bedrooms

Casa Aviv also has a rooftop terrace adorned with lounge furniture and potted plants. Indirect daylight enters the home via north-facing skylights, resulting in "soft contrasts of light and shadow".

Bespoke finishes are found throughout the dwelling, including black terrazzo flooring that was custom-made on site. Carpentry elements are made of charred cedar.

Bedroom of Casa Aviv in Tulum by Co-Lab Design Office
A downstairs bedroom opens on to the garden

Select furnishings and light fixtures were designed and fabricated by CO-LAB. Earthy colours and textures help connect the home to its natural surroundings.

Known for its beautiful scenery and ancient Mayan ruins, Tulum has become a popular tourist destination. Other projects in the area by CO-LAB include a yoga pavilion made of bamboo and a white, concrete guest house that is surrounded by dense, tropical foliage.

Photography is by Cesar Bejar.

Project credits:

Architecture, construction, interiors, landscape: CO-LAB Design Office
Team: Joana Gomes, Joshua Beck, Alberto Avilés, Arturo Espinosa, Lucia Altieri, Adolfo Arriaga, Walter Santiago, Estefania Barrera, Ivan Cisneros, Jonatan Zendejas, Constanza Martina, Alejandro Nieto, Alicia Nkuli

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Floor plans for Casa Aviv
Floor plans