Estudio ALA designs El Perdido Hotel with thatched roofs

Estudio ALA used thatched roofs and rammed walls for this hotel in Pescadero, on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.


Located outside a small agricultural town called El Pescadero, the new El Perdido Hotel was recently completed by Mexican architectural firm Estudio ALA.

It is 800 meters from the Pacific Ocean, amidst farmland used for growing basil, peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.

Mexico hotel with cacti and thatched roof
Some walls of the hotel can be opened completely for cross ventilation

The stated purpose of the hotel is to promote the way of life of the local environment, so Estudio ALA wanted to use traditional building techniques and materials.

“In a region where the degradation of culture and tradition is accelerated by rapid development, El Perdido embraces Baja California Sur’s historical roots and material culture,” the practice said.

“It gives a glimpse of the past and suggests a possible design language for the future.”

El Perdido Hotel in Mexico
The architects used local craftsmen and traditional building techniques

Instead of combining all the hotel’s rooms in one building, the architects have furnished guest quarters throughout the property.

They are arranged around a common area, including the lobby and restaurant.

The smaller outbuildings have rammed earth walls and wood-hewn thatched roofs.

“Usually ignored in contemporary development for imported materials and tropical vegetation, this palette is defined solely by locally sourced materials and built by local artisans,” said Estudio ALA.

Hourglass observatory lit up at night
An observation tower is part of the El Perdido Hotel complex

These contain the guest suites, which are furnished with their own lounge areas, dining table and kitchenette, making them feel more like self-contained housing units than hotel rooms.

The communal areas of El Perdido Hotel have no walls, allowing natural ventilation and expanding the functional areas outside.

Between the buildings, the local vegetation provides a lush backdrop to the austere and earthy interiors.

Hotel interiors thatched wood and concrete
The architects used neutral tones and natural materials in the guest suites

Other common areas include a sunken conversation well with a water feature and chapel. The interiors feature natural materials, leaving the solid wood frame exposed and using handcrafted wood finishes.

A tall, hourglass-shaped structure provides a vantage point for guests to take in the surrounding landscapes and views of the Pacific Ocean.

Water feature in landscape of hotel in Mexico
A shallow pond surrounded by local plants is a central feature of the landscape

The landscaping is designed to use only native plants and cacti, which require less maintenance amid the area’s arid climate and the typical temperature variations of a desert climate.

“The buildings are configured to maximize efficiency while ensuring a constant dialogue between the interior space and the surrounding landscape,” says Estudio ALA.

“The result is a permeable building where the boundaries between inside and outside disappear,” she added.

Open hotel and terrace in El Perdido Hotel
The architects have expanded the outdoor living areas to make the most of the surrounding climate

Estudio ALA was founded in 2012 in Guadalajara by architects Luis Enrique Flores and Armida Fernández. They also completed a minimalist chapel for the employees of a tequila factory in their town.

Other projects on the Baja California Peninsula include a brutalist hotel with curved concrete walls by architects Ruben Valdez and Yashar Yektajo, and the first location of the Nobu Hotel in Mexico, designed by WATG and Studio PCH.

The photography is from Iwan Baan.


Project credits:

Client the lost one
Architects ALA study Luis Enrique Flores & Armida Fernandez
Landscape architect Fletcher Phillips
Interior design lasal
Design concept & branding Jorge Martinez
Purchase Daniela interior design
Contractor Dylcor construction
Jacales wall art Rodrigo Roji & Cristian Pear

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