Malinalco luxury spa resort is a project located 2 hours outside of Mexico City, in a valley between Nevado do Toluca and Popocatepetl, two of Mexico’s highest volcanic peaks. The amenities of the 45 room eco retreat includes temazcal ( pre-columbian sauna) spa treatment, yoga and meditation rooms. The client wished to create a place which is aware of the unique pre-Columbian culture of the land. The concept is to revive the once intimate relationship with nature established by the Aztec culture. The design was inspired by their reverence for precious natural resources, the legend of the rain god Tlaloc, and the poetic view of the mountain as a water jar with waterfalls as gifts from the gods.
A rain water collection cistern which serves both as a look out/ folly, also distribute water through out the resort to individual villas. The openings in the wall are aligned with Aztec cosmology which mark significant dates on their calender. The landscaping of the resort is conceived as a floating Persian carpet of Flowers and vegetations to be enjoyed from terraces of various elevations, not unlike the near by Terraces at Teotenango. The Malinalco Valley is a unique site for wintering Monarch butterflies from all over North America. The design for the shape of the resort was also inspired by the Sun & Moon Lagoon in the crater of Nevado de Taoluca.
Floating circular villas provide panoramic view of the beautiful mountain ranges near by, guests can swim in the pool with indigenous Mallinali plants and water lilies providing privacy. The circular shape is inspired by the local temple of Jaguar, one of the only pre- Columbian temples excavated from a mountain side, and also by the circular Kiva of the American Southwest.Location: Mexico
Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
Project name: Malinalco