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Oriented towards the rising and setting of the sun along Oaxaca’s Zapotengo beach is La Casa del Sapo, a seaside home designed by Mexican architecture firm Espacio 18 Arquitectura.

Inspired by writer Henry David Thoreau’s Massachusetts cabin, La Casa del Sapo fully embraces the natural landscape that surrounds it. Composed of two volumes arranged in a butterfly layout, the architecture reveals a series of flexible outdoor patios from which dwellers can enjoy glimpses of sea and sun throughout the day.

Designed as a convivial family home, the kitchen and dining area open up to a central patio – the biggest one in the property – that ends with a rectangular lap pool. An outdoor staircase along the side of the home leads to the rooftop, which like the central patio becomes another area perfect for entertaining or quiet reflection. 

The ruggedness of the landscape is captured in the material palette of the home: rough-hewn unfinished cement for the interiors and exteriors, simple folding wooden doors, terracotta tiles and a branch canopy covering the central patio. 

With part of the building process taking place during the pandemic, some minor construction decisions were left to the workers’ discretion, making it a project “where everyone came through on their own wisdom and willingness during every single step of the process.”

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Casa del Sapo Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Casa del Sapo Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Casa del Sapo Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Casa del Sapo Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Casa del Sapo Espacio 18 Arquitectura
Casa del Sapo Espacio 18 Arquitectura

Photography © Onnis Luque for Espacio 18 Arquitectura

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