Magdalena Secret Resort - Destination Resort, Rammed Earth, Pile Driven Marine Construction, Cast in Place Concrete and Local Vernacular
Municipio Comondu, BCS, Mexico, 2006 Project
Project Designer: James Easton, AIA
Magdalena Secret lies on the inland coast of Magdalena Bay, a breeding ground of the Pacific. The site consists of over 300 square miles of virgin land fronting to natural estuaries and the beach front tidal pool. Bungalows are envisioned to stand over the water at high tide with connection to a community pool and the main hotel on the beach. The Ocean recedes at low tide exposing the beach, and allowing direct access from units to the exposed beach below. Whales can be seen breaching in the distance, local fisherman are bringing in the fresh catch of the day. The Architecture is constructed of rammed earth and local stone, a simple mix of Portland cement and water over stone bed foundations. The natural striations of color echoing the low horizon across the ocean bring calling the eye to expansive views in every direction. Exterior patios are covered by locally-built Palapas, connections repeatedly lashed together to resist high winds. A professionally designed golf course meanders through the rolling dunes. As the resort expands, resort hotels, health spas, custom homes, condominiums, apartments and local services blend to form a thriving community.