Jungle Keva Hotel

Best Implemented Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
Situated in Tulum, this small boutique hotel rises between the trees, in which the main concept consisted in preserving 70% of the existing vegetation in order to build around it. By achieving this, every space of the project is always in relation to its natural surroundings.
The different volumes of the complex are scattered along the lot, between the trees and stone paths, which provide a sensation of being in a small village in the Mayan jungle. Throughout the design process there was a search for pure forms and natural materials that could blend with the surrounding context. In a sense, Jungle Keva is like an abstraction or simplification of vernacular architecture, easy to read, simple and with a social, natural and economic conscience.

La Veleta, Tulum, Mexico

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Applicant and author of the project
Jaque Studio — architect Jesús Acosta Martinez, graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (2010). Holds a master’s degree in Environment, with specialization in Sustainable Cities and Regions, from the University of Melbourne of Australia (2014). In 2017 he founded Jaque Studio in Tulum, a design firm with a focus on passive design and urban resilience. In 2019 he was awarded the Silver Medal at the 3rd National Biennale for Young Architects in Mexico.

Another participants
Lead Architect: Jesús Acosta,
Design Team: Fernando Abogado, Everardo Castro, Víctor Rosete
Client: Kendall Inman /
Structural Design: HAL Ingeniería
Landscape design: Entorno Taller Paisaje / Hugo Sánchez y Tonatiuh Martínez