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2018 MCHAP

Sea Inside

Taller Aragones / Miguel Angel Aragones

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

January 2017


Miguel Angel aragonés


Rafael Aragones Caballero (Project and design ) Juan Carlos Vidaña Luna (Project development) Jose Torres Martinez (Design and construction )


Miguel Angel Aragonés Pardo


Joe Fletcher


The water is an event that borders the entire project; all of the volumes open up toward the sea and turn their backs on the city, which is all that remains of the original surroundings, burdened by noise. Mar Adentro is a kind of Medina that opens out onto the sea. Each floating volume contains interiors that form, in turn, independent universes. Each room visually contains a piece of the sea; no one can resist gazing out at it. I believe this project involves the logic of technique , being able to build in the most simple way in the workshop , with the lowest cost and highest possible quality. Our allies were Italians at most, germans, Japanese, north American and all the labor force and prime mater was local with the craftsmanship it entails . I believe “progress” means walking through the most secure path which drives you to a certain goal, and it (frequently) tends to be the shortest way when searching for simplicity, although this doesn´t always result in the most emotive or comfortable. We search for progress but it can bore us, however, the search for the aesthetic doesn´t mean a straight and defined path, but it is this which makes us being architects. For me architecture has to give at least a little peace for whom inhabits it, I would say this helps thinking better but also feeling better.


The first time I visited this property and took in the desert and the diaphanous, clear water running along a horizontal line in the background, I felt the enormous drive of water under a scorching sun. This piece of land, located in the middle of a coastline dotted with “All Inclusives,” would have to be transformed into a box that contained its own sea –practically its own air– given the happy circumstance that the universe had created a desert joined to the sea along a horizontal line. It was the purest, most minimalist landscape a horizon could have drawn. On either side, this dreamlike scenery collided with what humans consider to be aesthetic and build and baptize as architecture. I wanted to draw my own version, apart from the rest. I believe that the greatest virtue of architecture is the generation of sensations through space on a series of planes that are found within the realm of sensitivity. I believe this capacity becomes still greater when your surroundings allow you to meld into them, forming thus part of your own space; in this sense, I wanted to take that horizon and bring it into the foreground. I can talk about horizon, dawn, and water which are inherent to the body of the project, however it is only our duty to integrate them and make them an extension of the building.


Each room was built in a factory. Poliform was our ally. We built the entire interior structure and sent it in boxes across the sea to its destination, where it was assembled on site by local hands. In a question of days the first room was ready, of a quality subject to the tyranny of a machine and the wisdom of hands dedicated over the course of a lifetime to construction. There was no room for improvisation, and yet the room was fashioned with intelligence, imagination, and dedication. I learned from those German and Italian manufacturers what we sometimes fail to intuit from schools or books over the course of many years. Our project can be constructed entirely through this process, employing a module whose versatility allows it to be divided or added onto, thus becoming autonomous or dependent on another structure. Our main module, for example, is a kind of loft divided in half in order to create two rooms, as simple as that. In summary, the module is a two-, three-, or four-bedroom apartment; a house can be formed by adding on two or four more modules. The important thing is the versatility of this structure, one that can be entirely factory-made then raised on site in a friendly manner. Buildings and houses are modules with internal modules inside them. In order to assemble on site, “modular” became one of the essential scopes for the project, without it this result wouldn´t have been possible for us to do.

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