Architecture Monday

Mmmm, it’s been a while since I featured something with rammed earth, and here we go!  But this new distillery and hotel goes above and beyond.  Nearly all of the materials used to build are sourced from the property itself, from the earth in the walls to recycled and reclaimed wood, stone, and more.  And then it goes even further, fully embracing a hand-crafted nature for everything from the rafters to the awnings to the furnishings and more.

While completely regular (and even symmetrical) the building feels a bit labyrinthian but in a good way, as these twists and turns are filled with connections.  Every room or courtyard participates in multiple dialogues between spaces of the building and, especially, with the surrounding landscape.  Here the rammed earth and reclaimed materials really shine, further tying the space to the vistas of the land in which it sits.

Being a “destination hotel”, it’s no surprise there’s an air of theatricality to it all, with the grand vistas punctuated with artwork and centered around the large mezcal press.  But it is theatricality that is handled most well.  Great stuff.

Casa Silencio by Alejandro D’Acosta