Completion Date: December 2015

 

JW Marriott Puerto Los Cabos Beach Resort, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Olson Kundig Architects

Landscape design of the JW Marriott Puerto Los Cabos Beach Resort seamlessly blends architecture and nature with the site’s powerful desert landscape and an endless panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Although separated from the Pacific by a 35-foot-tall dune, views strategically framed by plantings draw the ocean – and the horizon beyond – closer to the main resort.

A collective vision reimagines the site into a design that accentuates the architecture and reinforces the site’s relationship to its natural context. Indigenous plant communities to the Baja Peninsula, thoughtful gathering spaces, and a strong appreciation for regional ecology are creatively combined to connect indoor and outdoor spaces. Palo blanco, palo brea, cordon cactus and other drought tolerant varieties border the exterior of the hotel, gently transitioning into the surrounding landscape. The grandeur of the 299-room, 561,000-square-foot resort set within the 12-acre site is honed to an intimate scale with strategically placed plantings that lend warmth and a human dimension to large spaces.

Visitors are welcomed by weaving pathways that gradually reveal gardens of native plants commonly found in tropical deciduous forests. Elements of the 20 individual gardens – including plants, terraces, paths, water features and sculptures – integrate the architecture and landscape with their larger setting. Plants were carefully selected for seasonality, ecological value and visual character.

Framed on either side by wild plum trees and aligned on axis with the main ballroom, the central courtyard serves as an extension of the interior space. The axial element here continues through the fountain grass, terminating in the distant ocean; the organic movement of the grass celebrates the ocean and rolling waves.

Site walls and plantings relate in both color and orientation to the surrounding desert terrain, framing views of the nearby dunes that served as inspiration for the sandy palette of hardscape materials.

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