Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Architectural Digest: Open Auditions – Villa Mandarinas
Open Auditions – Architectural Digest Feature
Our continuing look at designs selected for publication from our Open Auditions held around the country. This month we feature residences in Michigan, Mexico, Nebraska and California.
“Rather than avoiding nature, my buildings look to face and embrace it,” explains architect Alberto Alvarez Valdivia, whose own place is no exception. He sited the getaway Villa Mandarinas to make the most of its spectacular hillside location overlooking Puerto Vallarta’s famed Los Arcos marine reserve. An appreciation of vernacular Mexican art, design and architecture is also apparent in the 15,000-square-foot house, from the palapa off the living room to the emphasis on traditional Mexican furniture throughout (chosen with the help of designers Cecilia Gonzalez and Pia Fernandez).
Magenta- and reddish-orange-colored rooms keep “the Mexicanity in mind,” remarks Valdivia, “Each room presents a different color scheme.”
“The house was built around the trees, and local materials were used on roofs, terraces and floors,” says the architect. “A Pacific Mexican house was the objective.”
“The views and the color were most important,” says Valdivia. The ocean can be viewed from all of the major rooms; orange exteriors where chosen as a counterpoint to the blues of the surrounding waters.