Endemico Resguardo Silvestre designed by Gracia Studio has Travel & Leisure Best Small Hotel Award 2012. Situated along the sloping terrain of valle de guadalupe, Mexico, Endemico Resguardo Silvestre is a cluster of twenty hotel rooms, designed by San Diego, California-based practice Gracia Studio. Positioned within a landscape of vineyards, each ecoloft has panoramic vistas overlooking the scenic valley below. Placed upon steel stilts, the 20 square meter cubes hover above the rocky ground. With each unit strategically oriented to unobstructed views directed towards the valley. Attached to each cabin, a personal patio and fireplace allow for comfortable lounging outside. The 99 hectare complex has a winery and pool.
Gracia Studio is based on the technical aspects of building systems that lead to worth living architecture for the users/client: architectural solutions that are highly efficient and esthetic, by incorporating and experimenting with the wide variety of materials and structural systems possible. Due to the need of economic building Gracia Studio’s challenge comes always from the construction process for each of their projects; they seek the realization of projects with everyday items, used in unusual manners to give added value only accredited by wit. Each project is handled in a unique matter and studied thoroughly during the design process, and followed through to the building stage, to ensure that detail and neatness is kept at a simple stage. An example of their design process is based on research materials produced in the project area as well as artisans or workers who perform certain types of work, thus they support the local industry, create jobs in the same study area and lower costs of materials and labor. Designed by Gracia Studio, Endemico Resguardo Silvestre deserves its Travel & Leisure Best Small Hotel Award 2012.