Amidst the tropical jungles and Mayan ruins of Mexico's Caribbean coastline, Tulum Treehouse provides guests with a high-end location on the Yucatán Peninsula. Located along a beach road near the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, this private residence is a collaboration between local artisans, designers and the Tulum-based Co-Lab Design Office. The latter placed sustainability above all else in creating this five-bedroom ‘tree house’. Meet this full-service jungle getaway!
CO-LAB Design Office was inspired by the natural beauty of Yucatán. Embracing sustainable principles, each project by CO-LAB carefully weaves the architectural program with the beauty of each location to create unique contextual designs. The designers always see the beauty in imperfections of handmade finishes and local natural materials. This architecture studio based in Tulum was founded by Joana Gomes and Joshua Beck in 2010. The designers therefore have a wealth of experience in architecture, construction and timber building.
The spaces blend effortlessly with the tropical environment.
For one of their recent projects called Tulum Treehouse, CO-LAB together with Annabell Kutucu took care of the interior design. The design includes five guest rooms, an open-air restaurant, a working studio with an open-air ceramic kiln and a Mexican botanical perfumery. Organic materials from in and around Tulum are favoured, resulting in a truly contextual aesthetic that respects the natural landscapes of Mexico. In this way, the designed spaces blended effortlessly with the tropical environment. For the interior, a contrast of local Tzalam wood and polished white cement was chosen throughout the house. In this way, the rooms radiate tranquillity with soft breezes of light and shadows. The white concrete structure interweaves with the surrounding jungle through the surrounding terraces, indoor and outdoor dining areas and spacious bedrooms among the trees. Relaxing hammocks, outdoor showers and a large rooftop dining area encourage guests to enjoy the natural beauty of Mexico over breakfast, lunch or dinner. This eco-conscious retreat connects guests to a national park and the spiritual centre of the Yucatán Peninsula. Photography by Brechenmacher Baumann