The El Perdido hotel has been unveiled in the small agrarian community of El Pescadero in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Crafted by Guadalajara-based firm Estudio ALA, the property’s design responds to the atmospheric conditions of its geography—including temperature, precipitation, humidity, and more—by employing passive cooling during the summer and passive heating strategies in the winter in order to maximize comfort for guests.
An earthen palette distinguished by wooden construction and palm roofs—a nod to the local vernacular—was chosen to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. “El Perdido is a full experience, an architecture that blends with the surroundings. It is all about engagement with the context,” says El Perdido cofounder Polo Pérez. “It is about options: being with people, with yourself, visiting the area, and understanding the culture—to give and not to take.”
The central house—which comprises a number of public spaces such as living room, retail space, and reception—anchors a campus of abundant walking paths and outdoor space, as well as several villas that serve as accommodations. El Perdido’s bar and restaurant is located north of the main house, while a sunken courtyard is installed to the south. An interior garden is punctuated by a narrow pool connected to the central house as well.
Each villa features a bedroom, bathroom, living area, dining room, and kitchen. Terraces extend from flexible interiors as a natural extension of the surrounding landscape.