In Mexico's beautiful Yucatán, Azulik lets its visitor reconnect with oneself, by listening to and respecting the natural environment.
Azulik is more than just a resort. Co-created by Pegg Guggenheims great-grandson Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel, this innovative architectural sancturary gathers the energy of the 4 elements, water, air, fire and earth, and transforms this into a unique experience where visitors can look for introspection and the essence of happiness.
Azulik´s main element is water. Not only surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Caribbean Sea, but having a Cenote and a wetland that provides sacred water to all of the build villas and is used to take slow and relaxing baths in hand-crafted Mayan tubs. The wetland is an ecosystem of its own, helping the environment on different natural processes such as water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability.
The art of Azulik transcends the traditional confines of the art museum. The gallery is experienced in part by feet and through the various materials encountered as visitors navigate the immersive treehouse-like structure. Despite its heavy use of timber, no trees were used in the construction of the space made up a series of twisting, undulating floors and doorways. large round windows give way to natural light which permeates the space built of walls which have been reinforced with transparent fiberglass.
Far from the clinical aesthetic of most art spaces, visitors are invited to walk barefoot interacting with the floor as a living organism. From polished cement to raw wooden floors in bejuco wood, a vine-like plant native to the region, varying degrees of hot and cold pull focus to the surrounding nature.