Home Studio Animas 8 by Mar Studio

Welcome to Home Studio Ánimas 8, located in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Designed by Mar Studio, this contemporary loft is a multi-functional space that combines artisanship with modern design.

The loft adapts to the existing topography and rocky nature of the mountain it sits on, offering breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez. The open concept design allows for interaction between the interior and exterior, inviting you to live and work in harmony with nature.

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About Home Studio Animas 8

Introducing Ánimas: A Groundbreaking Project by Mar Studio

Ánimas marks the first project developed by Mar Studio since our inception. Our design approach begins with a solid foundation in architecture and extends to the selection of finishes and materials, the interplay of light and shadow, and the balance of beauty and functionality. For this project, we aimed to reinvent ourselves and the spaces where we work and live. The loft design adapts to the region’s mountainous topography, following the lines of the desert and the rocky landscape, allowing the design to harmonize with its beautiful surroundings.

Creating a Contemporary, Inspiring Space

Our central objective was to create a contemporary space where we could live, base our design studio, and draw inspiration from the breathtaking ocean views. Prioritizing spatial and functional efficiency, we opted for an open concept that fosters interaction between the interior and exterior. We carefully crafted our design using local materials, creating a multifunctional space that honors local artisans and talent.

Innovative Loft Design with Stunning Views

We chose a loft design more common in urban settings to create an open, airy space featuring high ceilings, horizontal lines, and expansive windows that invite the ocean breeze inside. Using concrete blocks, steel beams, and local woods, we built our home on an elevated mountainside, focusing on the views of the ocean. We accomplished this by designing a 12-meter (39 feet) cantilevered structure that projects towards the horizon, culminating in a balcony with awe-inspiring views of the Sea of Cortez and its rich biodiversity.

Nature-Inspired Décor with a Modern Twist

Our decorative inspiration came from the colors and textures of nature, combined with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. This approach allowed us to blend local artisanship with contemporary, functional pieces. We emphasized quality by sourcing fine materials, commissioning unique pieces, and working with the most skilled craftsmen to create elegant, durable furnishings that will stand the test of time.

Flexible Design and Immersive Experience

We designed the space with the option to add a second room or studio featuring a desert garden, further connecting the main loft with its surroundings. Nestled in the unique Baja peninsula, the home-studio invites you to work and live in harmony with nature and the region’s biodiversity, while still being close to the vibrant nightlife of the city. This space offers a one-of-a-kind experience, combining the best of both worlds: ocean and desert, work and leisure, tranquility and adventure. It also presented a unique opportunity for our studio to apply years of knowledge and inspiration, resulting in a space we truly love and are proud to share.

Photography courtesy of Mar Studio

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