Whenever we have settled into our new norm, whatever that may look like, there is an amazing complex in the coastal town of Tulum Mexico that needs a visit. The area, along with the lush Caribbean beaches, is already famously known for the Mayan fortress city ruins, whose ancient structures are among the most well-preserved examples of temples and castles in the world, also has an incredible gallery tucked 14 miles into the jungle.
The brainchild of Roth-Architecture’s Eduardo Neira, it is described as an interdisciplinary creative sphere where visual artists collaborate and is named “Sfer Ik Museion Uh May”. Winner of a 2019 award for small museum/art gallery, it has a partially open-air structure built from concrete and locally sourced wood, but with live trees in and through the rippling structures.
SFER IK Museion, not only allows visual art to be displayed, but also workshops/residencies to be held, with the creative understanding of combining different skills. In their words “A view to blend art with craft and sustainability”. On a more practical note, you have to be over the age of 18 to enter the museum, and shoes are not permitted in the complex.
Eduardo has stated that, “Preserving all the site’s trees gave us the opportunity to build around nature, respecting and learning from it.” Eduardo is also the founder of Azulik, which is a local entity that creates new projects in the fields of hospitality, architecture, sustainability, as well as art and fashion.
Part of Azulik is an upmarket, adults-only hotel, in a tropical jungle, just steps from the beach, and 4 miles away from the town of Tulum. Here you can stay in thatched roofed villas, with terraces offering sea or jungle views. Electricity free, they come with the modern conveniences of bathrooms, in-room tubs and beds, with mosquito nets. With private access to beaches and individual features such as outdoor tubs and porches with hanging beds, it is a perfect place to unwind.
The hotel also has a bar; lounge area, and a spa with many treatments including massage; yoga and traditional Mayan steam baths.
As Eduardo comments, this is “…an architecture that considers sustainable ways of life, that allows nature to breathe.”
All photographs by Azulik