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Ixtapa House

Adopting traditional sensibilities of spatial planning and construction, the Ixtapa House emerges as an impressive and magnificent sea-side residential unit with a highly modest architectural vocabulary.

By: LAR/Fernando Romero

Architecture-Page | Ixtapa House by Fernando Romero/LAR
View of the dining area in the semi-open living space

The house is located as near to the ocean as permitted by local regulations; this created an interior back-door garden cut away from the coastline for the children to play in.

Architecture-Page | Ixtapa House by Fernando Romero/LAR
View of the interiors of the bathroom in the villa

The house is accessed by a narrow entrance between these two supporting volumes. There thus emerges a continuity between the living room and the swimming pool; a space completely open to the sea view. Here the classical structural tripartite floor-wall-ceiling is dissolved into one single gesture that embraces space. The unique landscape became an abstract image in the every-day life of the household.


  • Text: Courtesy of the architect
  • Photographs: Courtesy of the architect
  • Compiled and edited by Varun M. Ajani

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