Los Cabos – Window to the Pacific by Melanie Klusmeier | 28th March, 2014 | Prime Properties
Here, where the sapphire Pacific Ocean meets the azure-blue waters of the Gulf of California, where barren desert landscapes blend with mile-long dream beaches, a magnificently bold palace of a property reigns. Los Cabos: this glamorous hotspot on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico tells a captivating tale of opulent resort chic and high-class living amidst a sublime natural landscape. GG spoke with Robert Sinclair and Brad Gwinn, the Californian architects of “Casa Fryzer”, about dream locations, emotional architecture and how everything began on a paper serviette…
„Casa Fryzer”, which all began with a single sketch on a paper serviette, is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular properties in Villas del Mar within the exclusive master-planned community of Palmilla. Enjoying no less than 350 days of sunshine each year, the region is not only captivating in terms of its picturesque scenery – high mountain ranges, barren desert landscapes, white sandy beaches and the endless sapphire sea. Los Cabos is also a veritable epicentre for professional golf, a dream location for divers, surfers and avid fans of sport fishing, as well as a hotspot for glamorous nightlife.
“Creative phases are a form of meditation. You need clarity to sound out the qualities that are good for the soul.” Robert Sinclair
All of this makes Los Cabos one of the most desirable travel destinations in Mexico today. Magnificently perched atop a lofty mountain, this dream residence is filled with bespoke architectural details and a high level of comfort. This includes a wine cellar, a private gym and a stylishly finished home cinema with fine leather seating. Many of the decorative elements and choice of special materials have been modelled in the style of a hacienda or traditional Spanish country house. “The owner has a soft spot for curves and water,” confesses the native Californian architect. Together with his partner, the architect Brad Gwinn, he translated his client’s twin passions into the very first drawings and then presented them to his client on a simple paper napkin. “We came up with the original central idea for the property over the course of one single evening,” the client and architects both agree.
This property is all about the flowing transitions between the inside and the outside. he architects wanted air, water and the warmth of Mexico to be in constant circulation with another. Whilst the luxury villa offers glorious views of Los Cabos and far be-yond, its planners were keen to create a seamless transition between the inner and outer living areas: the spectacular mountain backdrop not only becomes a key aspect of the outdoor scenery, but shady court-yards and sun terraces also blend into one. Likewise, the edgeless infinity pool seems to flow straight into the azure-blue sea. Even the transitions between interiors and the spacious grounds are seamless. Glass doors as well as frameless design constructions help to emphasise this beautiful fluidity and sense of continuity, merging all boundaries. “Architecture is more than a positive material form. It can take your breath away, increase your heartbeat or calm your nerves,” Sinclair believes.
“This residence conveys a perfect, seamless symbiosis between outdoor and indoor living.” Brad Gwinn
Both architects were extremely keen to create spaces in this home that move people and touch their souls, spaces that awaken emotions or stimulate feelings: serenity, tranquillity, warmth or joy. Their architecture is also about a balance between light and darkness, two qualities that they regard as their most fundamental tools. The residence’s spectacular interior design exudes a nostalgic, almost in-toxicating atmosphere in the style of old Hollywood glamour – yet is simultaneously a blend of art deco, Asian motifs and a splash of Euro chic. The decorative, star-shaped coffered ceiling in the living room with a cascading chandelier, the intricately patterned marble floor, the high-gloss wooden dining table or the illuminated vaulted ceiling in the dining room – the harmonious variety of different elements creates a truly inimitable living environment. A further highlight is the bar. With its marble counter, luxurious leather stools and mirrored wall elements reflecting rows of cocktail glasses, the bar resembles a trendy nightclub. Naturally, the in-house bartender is always at your service.
Each of the bedroom suites has a unique character all of its own. While one is kept very contemporary, light and airy, another is imbued with a playful or elegant flair. Each of the bathrooms in “Casa Fryzer” also has its very own flair, and all come equipped with the joys of a Jacuzzi, ornate tiling and illuminated features. The majority of the rooms are connected by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, creating seamless transitions once again between the interior and exterior spaces. The architectual duo is particularly proud of the dining area which they integrated into the pool area in the grounds to incredible effect. “The outdoor dining room that is sunken into the pool area is a truly spectacular feature of this residence,” says Brad Gwinn. The sensational stone table, which is no less than three metres in diameter, can easily sit up to 20 guests. The open fire pit and a particular architectural highlight – a tabletop that is absolutely flush with the water surface – promises to make a popular, atmos-pheric venue that is guaranteed to delight dinner guests, time and time again. More often than not, this unique setting turns out to be the very place where guests would most like to retire for the remainder of the evening, after enjoying a sumptuous formal dinner in the property’s indoor dining room.
“Creative phases are a form of meditation,” believes Sinclair. “You need an absolute sense of clarity to sound out the qualities that are good for the soul.” The architects’ offices are located in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, two places with an energy that forms a source of inspiration for them. “Sometimes I simply walk to the UCLA campus or the beach nearby. Taking a walk is often more productive than sitting at your desk,” confesses the architect. “In a house such as this one, the relationship between inside and outside works in perfect symbiosis. When all of the sliding glass doors are open, the energy of the house seems to flow from one end right through to the other. The views overlooking Los Cabos, the bay and the endless ocean, as well as the warmth or the cool evening breeze, connect each and every room with one another.” MK
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