A permeable architecture in fluid analogy with the senses, the land, air, and water that circles it.

_presented by Azul Nomeolvides
_project: Azul Nomeolvides Vacation Home
_architecture: Samantha Calzada Valencia
_location: Bacalar, Mexico

Hotel Nomeolvides is a visionary project designed by Samantha Calzada, which seeks to create a unique and unforgettable experience for guests in the heart of the Bacalar, Mexico. The hotel is designed to be a part of its environment, blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. As time goes by, Azul Nomeolvides will continue to evolve and change, as it becomes part of its surroundings. The building's sustainable design and use of local materials will allow it to weather the passage of time and adapt to changes in the environment.

Buildings are not just lifeless structures made of concrete, wood, steel and glass. They are an integral part of our lives, constantly evolving and changing just like the people who inhabit them. Time plays a crucial role in shaping the character and personality of a building. While it may seem like time can cause damage and decay to a building, it can also transform it in positive ways.

Time allows a building to become a part of its surroundings. A new building may stick out like a sore thumb in a historic or natural setting. However, as time passes, the building becomes more integrated with its surroundings. Trees grow taller, gardens become lusher, and neighborhoods evolve. The building becomes a part of this ecosystem and takes on a new identity as a part of the community.

A building acquires a sense of permanence and endurance over time as it withstands the effects of weather and other external factors. A new building may look shiny and impressive, but it has yet to prove its worth. However, an old building that has withstood the ravages of time and weather is a testament to its durability and endurance. It is a symbol of strength and resilience that inspires admiration and respect. People take pride in their heritage and the buildings that have been a part of it for generations.

Buildings are not static entities. Time adds character, allows for adaptation, integrates the building into its surroundings, and gives a sense of permanence and endurance. While time may cause wear and tear on a building, it also transforms it into a unique and valuable asset to the community.


_written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Architecture Hunter & Oscar Hernández
_cover image by Bernardo Buendía Bosch 
_drawings by Samantha Calzada:

  1. Integration
  2. Social Area Floor Plan
  3. Cabana 1 Floor Plan
  4. Cabana 2 Floor Plan
  5. Cabana 3 Floor Plan

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