Bruma Tulum: Jaque Studio’s Bioclimatic Villas in Mexico

Bruma Tulum, a four-unit housing complex in the lush forests of Tulum, Mexico, showcases Jaque Studio‘s masterful blend of modern design and sustainable living. Completed in 2021, this residential project prioritizes privacy and a seamless connection with the natural surroundings, offering each villa its own garden and pool.

The architectural solution strategically positions the units to preserve as much open space as possible, with a mix of single-story and two-story designs that maximize efficiency and privacy. Embracing the region’s cultural identity, the project incorporates locally sourced materials and construction techniques, minimizing the ecological footprint while providing a warm, Caribbean-inspired ambiance.

Modern tropical villa with glass walls, pool, and lush palm tree garden.
A minimalist kitchen interior with wooden shelves, a concrete countertop, and a ceiling fan.
Spacious open-plan living area with wood furniture, ceiling fans, and large windows overlooking lush greenery.
Concrete walls, wood accents, and greenery create a tranquil, modern dining space.
A cozy, modern interior with concrete walls, wood furniture, and a central staircase.
A modern interior with concrete walls, wood paneling, and a striking wooden staircase.
Moody, minimalist bedroom with concrete walls, wooden accents, and a suspended ceiling fan.
Rustic wooden ceiling, tropical plants, and an inviting freestanding bathtub create a serene outdoor bathroom.
Minimalist bathroom with wooden slat wall and concrete vanity complementing the space.
A modern tropical home with a breezy, open-plan design and lush, green landscaping.
Lush tropical garden with a small pool, surrounded by stone walls and dense foliage.
Minimalist concrete entryway with wooden doors and slatted screens, surrounded by lush greenery.

About Bruma Tulum

Nestled within Tulum’s verdant jungle, Bruma is a captivating four-unit housing complex that seamlessly blends modern architecture with the region’s natural splendor. Designed by Jaque Studio in 2021, this exceptional development offers a harmonious retreat where residents can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Mexican Caribbean.

Architectural Harmony and Biophilic Design

Carefully sited on a 980-square-meter (10,548-square-foot) plot, Bruma’s villas are meticulously arranged to preserve the lush, natural surroundings. Two units feature a two-story layout, while the remaining pair occupy a single level, all to optimize the available space and maintain an abundance of open greenery. Each villa’s transparent façades invite the verdant outdoors in, creating a seamless connection between the built and natural environments.

Embracing Sustainability and Local Craftsmanship

Sustainability was a driving force in Bruma’s design process. The villas boast passive bioclimatic solutions for improved energy efficiency, including cross-ventilation and strategic window placement to minimize reliance on air conditioning. Additionally, the project incorporates on-site wastewater treatment to safeguard the region’s precious aquifers and cenotes.

To further reduce the development’s environmental impact, the designers preserved nearly 50% of the existing trees, honoring the site’s inherent character. Moreover, the team prioritized the use of locally-sourced materials and traditional construction techniques, supporting the skills of regional artisans and masons.

Fostering Privacy and Tranquility

Each Bruma villa is oriented inward, facing its private garden and pool, ensuring a sense of seclusion and exclusivity. Blank walls on the perimeter-facing facades shield residents from the potential impact of future neighboring developments, safeguarding their comfort and privacy.

A Seamless Blend of Luxury and Nature

The villas’ interiors embody a harmonious blend of modern design and tropical charm. High ceilings, fresh materials, and views of the lush gardens instill a profound sense of spaciousness and serenity. Natural-toned finishes and textures evoke the warmth and freshness of the Mexican Caribbean, creating a truly immersive experience.

A Sustainable Future in Tulum’s Thriving Landscape

Bruma is a pioneering project that explores the potential of sustainable housing within Tulum’s rapidly evolving landscape. By striking a delicate balance between the built environment and the natural surroundings, this development sets a new standard for ecologically-conscious design in the region.

Photography by César Béjar
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- by Matt Watts