Location: Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico
Minimal changes in the layout, interior finishes, and exterior landscape significantly increased natural lighting. In addition, natural ventilation was improved by opening up the kitchen “Wickner Residence”
“Even without the implementation of solar photovoltaic panels, the house is 42.8% more energy efficient than the standard!”
As opposed to a rectangular building, in which only the rooms toward one side (or 50% of the hotel rooms) would have a view, the spiraled shape of the two buildings allowed about 90 to 95% of the hotel rooms to have an ocean view.
Views are a major asset of this site and were a big factor in the location and layout of living spaces… In addition, the building was designed to passively heat, cool, and naturally ventilate, and to maximize natural lighting.
“I wanted to reduce the building’s footprint as much as possible, while limiting site work (grading and excavation), taking advantage of the views, optimizing south exposure for passive heating…”