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El Perdido

Estudio ALA

El pescadero,, Mexico

January 2021


Armida Fernández and Luis Enrique Flores


Estudio ALA Team: Hector Ramirez, Alejandra Moreno, Jose Luis Elenes, Oswaldo Delgado, Miriam Ortiz, Asdrubal Flores, Marcelo Suro


Polo Pérez and Devin Semler


Iwan Baan


California Sur's historical roots, material culture, and landscape as a way to coexist and generate a dialogue with the local community and context. Through culture collage, a re-origination abstracting the function and local material techniques from the origin and re-interpreting them to a present-day function, form, material, and technique, we propose a transformation of meaning. We Suggest a dynamic exchange with its surroundings rather than a fully commercialized one-way experience.

Having a sustainable awareness, natural and local materials were used: palm palapa roofs, timber structure, doors and windows built with local vara de arco, and locally sourced rammed earth thermal mass walls. El Pescadero is a unique ecoregion where underground water is present indifference with most of the region, to create awareness of this vital resource a water treatment plant and a saltwater pool with saline chlorinators were included. Through a precise climatic analysis, temperature, precipitation, humidity, prevailing winds, and solar incidence on the site were taken into consideration to employ strategies of passive cooling during the summer and passive heating in the winter.

The Spiritual space is located in the interstice between outside and inside, designed from learning about missions in the region where the main spiritual space became the building of a monastic complex where the interns and the community came together. It is through this same gesture and its internal adjacent courtyard that the spiritual space stands as a symbol of people from diverse backgrounds. And can come together through this spatial reinterpretation.


How might tourism foster the sustainable development of territory to champion environmental health and the well-being of local communities? In a region where the corrosion of culture and tradition is being accelerated by rapid generic development. The project aims to be an example of community-sensitive development and hospitality infrastructure in the area. To dissipate the established limits and the conventional hierarchies in order to produce new positive forms of understanding tourism.

El Perdido is located 45 min from Los Cabos, and 800 meters from the Pacific Ocean in the small agricultural town of El Pescadero which is rich in plantations of basil, chili, tomatoes, and strawberries. The unique ecoregion is defined by expansive low shrubland that drifts across the coastal alluvial plains westward into the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains


It is about engagement with the context, bringing visitors and community together, connecting with oneself and the region. To give and not to take.

The vernacular materiality and the dynamics that foster the project allow the visitor to connect with the local way of life in Pescadero, epitomizing Baja California Sur’s heritage. The project has a high local community acceptance, “the feeling I had when visiting the project was like if I had been here before even when I knew I had never been, everything seems familiar just in a different organization, it feels so comfortable in the place.” a local said. El Perdido has become an example for developers and other people moving or developing in the region. This palette, typically disregarded in contemporary development for imported materials and tropical vegetation, is defined exclusively by locally sourced materials and built by local craftsmen. Resisting convention, the architectural experience is imbued with the distinct terroir of the region while reinvigorating an appreciation for local construction.

The influence the project has had became exponential due to the growth and shifting fluxes resulting from the covid 19 pandemic where tourists become temporal or definite inhabitants of touristic regions globally. In the case of El Pescadero, this is no exception. Apart from the local acceptance and the dialogue created with the context and the community, the project is an example of local and tourist development in the region.

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