Jungle Keva: A sustainable hotel in the Mexican jungle of Tulum

Jungle Keva: A sustainable hotel in the Mexican jungle of Tulum

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Located within the Mexican jungle of Tulum, the Jungle Keva project is born among the trees, with the initial premise of conserving 70% of the existing vegetation and building around it, thus guaranteeing the permanent relationship with the surrounding natural environment.

The hotel has five rooms of 50 square meters, all with double height ceilings, terrace, and a bathroom with garden and outdoor shower.

Highlights the natural and material elements of the region, with low maintenance finishes such as chukum found on the walls and in the pool: it is a Mayan stucco characteristic of the region, which uses the resin of the tree to provide texture, color and durability.

The objective was to use fresh materials that age with dignity, so that over time they give more character to the architecture.
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The volumetry is scattered throughout the property, between trees and stone paths that give the sensation of being inside a small village in the Mayan jungle. Through the design process, pure forms and materials that mimic their context were searched.

In a sense, the project is like an abstraction of vernacular architecture, easy to read, simple and with a social, natural and economic conscience.
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Most of the selected materials are local or from the region and were chosen for their quality, design, delivery time and cost.

It was also essential that they need little maintenance and that they enjoy high durability, given the humidity and salt conditions in the area.

In addition, they should not require specialized labor for their execution, that is, they had to be practical and easy to apply or install.

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Each of the villas consists of a base or foundation of masonry, with stones obtained from the same excavations of the property.

This base also serves to raise buildings 90 centimeters from the natural level of land, which allows for cooler internal spaces, as well as the passage and conservation of local fauna and flora.

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To build the slabs of each of the villas, the masonry walls were moved, accommodating and ensuring the structure of the palapas.

The roof structure is composed of solid beams of jabín wood: a hard wood and resistant to heavy loads and insects.
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In the outer face was used grass and in the interior a duffel fabric was applied, which grants greater luminosity, cleanliness and tightness to the rooms.

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- Keep most of the existing trees and build around them.

- Responsible use of water and sewage treatment.

- Inject 100% of rainwater to the water table

- Passive solutions, such as cross ventilation and high-rise spaces to guarantee a higher level of comfort to the user and reduce the need for the use of air conditioning.

- Each of the spaces were designed under the biophilia concept, which establishes that contact with nature is necessary for the psychological and physical development of the human being. Therefore, each area of ​​the hotel has views or is related to the natural environment, including the bathrooms.

- The project has worked as a meeting point for people that lives in the area stimulating the sense of community, in an area threatened by over-densification, insecurity, real estate speculation and the excessive exploitation of natural resources.


Architecture: Jaque Studio. Collaborators: Everardo Castro, Víctor Rosete. Customers: Jungle Keva Tulum. Construction: Ceiba Real Estate. Engineering: HAL Engineering. Landscaping: Landscape Workshop Environment / Hugo Sánchez and Tonatiuh Martínez.

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