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Mexican architecture as an inspiration for spaces

Mexican architecture as an inspiration for spaces

Mexico is a country rich in culture and traditions, and Mexican architectural design is no exception. It has left its mark in the history of architecture and art across the world. Since pre-Hispanic times to present days, Mexican style and aesthetics have remained a reference in the world of design thanks to its rich cultural heritage, its artisanal techniques, and its ability to adapt to different styles and periods.

At Quivira Los Cabos we have found true inspiration in the diversity of Mexican architecture and design to create a welcoming, contemporary and, at the same time, exclusive environment.

Iconic styles of Mexican architecture

There are three architectural styles that reflect Mexico’s culture and history and are also recognized worldwide.

 Hacienda style

It originated in the large haciendas of colonial Mexico in the 16th century, which were extensive properties dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. This style is characterized by its rustic architecture, tile roofs, columns, beams, and rooms around the central courtyard. Something that is key in haciendas is that they privilege wide spaces where the peace and quiet of country life can be breathed.

Colonial style

It developed during the times when Mexico was a Spanish colony. This style reflects the ability of Mexican people to accurately combine European style and knowledge with ancient wisdom on construction, climate adaptation and aesthetic trends. This type of architecture is a benchmark of Mexico’s magical towns and a hallmark of charm, tradition, culture, and art. San Miguel de Allende, Morelia and Taxco are only three of the cities that preserve its colonial essence.

Contemporary style

It’s a fusion of modern architecture and Mexican tradition, which is why certain elements of the latter have been preserved. It’s characterized by its clean lines and the use of materials such as glass, steel and concrete. Besides, it competes across the world for its quality, elegance and because it adapts to any lifestyle.

Great icons of architecture

By the end of the last century, Mexican architecture adopted the Art Noveau and the Art Decó style. It was until José Villagrán García and Juan O'Gorman introduced a new style that seeked to stand out and integrate landscapes with the Muralist movement. These architects were joined by Luis Barragán, Mario Pani and Fernando González Cortázar, who integrated functionality with the vernacular, landscape and emotion, used traditional structures adapted to the modern, especially Barragán. Later, Teodoro González de León would propose a simple contemporary style in his composition, with huge minimalist blocks. 

Four characteristics of Mexican architecture, today

  • Use of modern materials (steel, concrete and aluminum) and traditional ones (brick, wood, adobe).
  • Adaptation of proposals according to needs, culture and Mexican regionalisms.
  • Functionality to live and inhabit a space.
  • Disruptive and creative forms in each architectural proposal.
  • Back to the origin: architects adapt to Mexico’s geographical and climate conditions with the help of ancestral knowledge.

At Quivira Los Cabos, the combination of Mexican contemporary design and nature is not only important for creating unique spaces with a personality of their own; it also adapts to our community’s needs and lifestyle.  Our spaces are designed to maximize functionality and comfort, while keeping a sense of connection to the natural surroundings at the same time. This creates a warm, relaxing and distinctive environment.

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