Cocoon Hotel & Resort, Tulum, Mexico || DNA Barcelona Architects || Architect of the Year Awards 2020

DNA Barcelona Architects: Winner of Architect of the Year Awards 2020. DNA unveils “Cocoon Hotel & resort”, Tulum, Mexico– a new concept of eco-tourism, and a great opportunity of connection with Nature, Community, Ourselves, inspired by the sea and the exotic forest. The project consists of 46.181 m2 offering 3 residential and 2 hotel buildings “COCOON” with 204 apartments and 167 rooms as well as 16 private villas.

Every feature serves to give a unique experience and create a magical place for the guest, at the same time making him identify what is Mexico. The complex offers luxury community spaces integrated into nature such as jungle gardens, magical outdoor living spaces-villas, multipurpose pavilion, indoor community spaces, leisure areas, restaurant, and a panoramic Nest with unrestricted and breath-taking views. All to achieve a wide vocabulary of visual elements to mutate into designing language, in materials and shapes, for a bio-mimicry architecture. DNA´s objective was to achieve the balance between mind-body-soul providing a true escape from everyday life, allowing maximum disconnection and relaxation and that´s why spa-wellness, saunas, and community swimming pools were carefully developed and became an important part of this project. The idea was to create “Cenotes”- natural freshwater ponds, to which the Mayans gave a sacred use, thus allowing to experience the real Mayan´s rituals. DNA makes an emphasis on sustainability concept respecting ecosystem and biodiversity, contributing to the usage of natural materials that minimizes the impact of building and generation of waste. The water collection concept is also respected and represents a recovery of rainwater for sewage treatment. The solar panels are implemented to achieve sustainable electricity. Finally, the “dry” construction system is used, meaning no wet binders, shorter execution time, and increased safety and sustainability.

Firm || DNA Barcelona Architects
Project Name || Cocoon Hotel & Resort, Tulum, Mexico
Architect || Aryanour Djalali
Architect of the Year Award Category || Hospitality Concept

Project Location || Tulum
Team || DNA Barcelona Architects
Country || Mexico
Photography ©Credit || ©DNA Barcelona Architects

DNA BARCELONA is a studio of Architecture, Planning, Landscape, Interiors, and Design, that develops projects with a high calibre of innovation within a global strategy of internationalization. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East for institutional, healthcare, educational, residential, commercial and other singular projects.  We are a creative and multidisciplinary team formed by excellent professionals led by the Architect: Aryanour Djalali.