By Dian Hasan | August 16, 2009
The hottest trend in hotel design today seems to stem for people’s inclination toward anything eco-friendly. Rustic lodges that don palapa or thatch roofs seem to be passé, so architects and designers are drumming up eco-conscious hotels and resorts that continue to make bolder design statements. And who said that geometric angular shapes are the exclusive domains of urban boutique hotels? V Hotel outside of Yelapa in Mexico, begs to differ.
V Hotel is a stunning jungle retreat that defies the conventional quaint eco lodges that are mostly recreations of a tropical hut, and instead introduces clear geometric shapes that are more Van der Rohe than say Copolla’s Blanceaux Lodge in Belize. Located just outside of Yelapa fishing village in Mexico, this modern lodge was conceived by architect Heinz Legler, and the 5-acre area features an infinity pool, spa, restaurant, yoga hut and just 8 rooms.
Part of the existing Verana Hotel, this new development is an expansion with the V-Houses, which are 5 units with 3 units for hotel staff, 2 for guests, a kitchen and a colorful shared bathroom. The V Houses are prefabricated modern dwellings made of steel, plywood and red corrugated iron roofs.
Guests will enjoy the stunning views for sure by themselves and don’t mind about the windows. They most probably won’t even need them on this hideaway in tropical version of Mexican Paradise.
Each V-House, designed by Heinz Legler, is 16′x16′ with open sides to maintain views and air flow. This project was an experiment of sorts and is intended to house guests and seasonal hotel staff. Standing 18′ apart, the V-houses have basically no environmental impact or foot print and can be built on any surface condition.
Each house is self sufficient with solar integration, composting toilets and a grey water system that helps irrigate the surrounding garden. Prefabricated in Puerto Vallarta, the homes were delivered by boat and carried up the hill using no machinery or heavy duty equipment. The structures emerge from a small concrete foundation and are made out of steel, plywood and red corrugated iron.
The original design concept came from Jo Scheer who built his “hoochs” out of Bamboo and Douglas fir poles in Puerto Rico and Oregon. Legler has refined Scheer’s concept into a luxury tropical paradise. Verana has been so encouraged by the outcome that they are considering building more V-houses for their guests.