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Casa TO, An Enclave Of Serenity And Conceptual Elegance In Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Project name:
Casa TO
Architecture firm:
Ludwig Godefroy
La Punta Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
Arturo Gómez, Camila Jurado, Nicole Arcuschin
Principal architect:
Ludwig Godefroy
Design team:
Surreal Estate
Built area:
950 m²
Site area:
600 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Daniel Cinta
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Gisela Kenigsberg and Daniel Cinta
Tools used:
Obed Moreno
Concrete, steel, clay and wood
Casa TO
Hospitality › Boutique Hotel

In Puerto Escondido, this discrete oasis of memorable architecture and original cuisine invites guests to immerse themselves in a state of total calm. Escaping the hustle and bustle in an atmosphere where time passes at an unhurried pace is the hallmark of Casa TO, a boutique hotel that embraces contemplative hospitality in harmony with a total commitment to sustainability.

Located in La Punta de Zicatela, on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast, Casa TO offers a discreet refuge for contemporary nomads seeking a space of unusual architecture for looking inwards, while reconnecting with the natural landscapes of an area renowned for its biodiversity, golden sunsets and stunning beaches that have led it to be considered one of the world’s surfing capitals.

Casa TO has been conceived as a contemporary interpretation of a Oaxacan temple and masterfully executed by renowned architect Ludwig Godefroy. The result entices the senses by projecting simplicity and elegance with elements that emphasize the materiality of a structure reminiscent of the grid pattern of two works of timeless beauty: the Basilica Cistern—Yerebatan Sarayi—in Istanbul, dating from the sixth century, and the Hornsey Wood Reservoir in London’s Finsbury Park, built in the nineteenth century.

Entering Casa TO is an opportunity to immerse oneself in a radical sensory state, thanks to a design that favors privacy, crystallizing a haven of calm delimited by its imposing concrete walls, the blue of the sky and the vegetation that reclaims the surroundings with climbing plants and banana and passion fruit trees.

The epicenter of Casa TO is its covered swimming pool and its staircase-like solarium, revealing a space of pure lines and vaulted volumes. The adjoining structure, which houses the nine suites, welcomes guests with a resolute coolness against the high temperatures.

Its rigorous character harmonizes with the subtlety of the interior design, which is based on natural textures and handcrafted furniture, dominated by sober colors with accents of turquoise, yellow, blue and green in the decorative objects.

Comfort at Casa TO is allied with sustainability through gestures such as a zero-plastics policy and treatment of wastewater for irrigation. The amenities make use of traditional herbalism and vegan formulations, free of parabens, minerals and animal cruelty.

A stay at Casa TO is transformed into a superlative experience with the culinary offerings of Glou Glou, the restaurant run by chef Luis Pabón and sommelier Gabriela Moreno, founded on the premise of establishing a dialogue between original recipes and memorable wines.

From breakfast to dinner, by way of the bar and aperitifs, this pair delights gourmets with the alchemy generated between the range and the cellar with seasonal dishes, emphasizing the freshness and flavors of local produce and cooperatives, and recipes that revisit ancestral culinary traditions. Dishes ar paried with a selection of organic wines, light whites, oranges, low-alcohol reds—known as glou glou—and Pét Nats from small producers.

A stay at Casa TO is a chance to pause and reflect in an inspiring ecological setting that flies the flag for the conceptual sophistication of contemplative hospitality.


Located in La Punta Zicatela, at the far southern end of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Casa TO is a boutique hotel that crystalizes a genuine experience of contemplative hospitality with a vision of environmental awareness and social responsibility.

The architectural project designed by Ludwig Godefroy was guided by principles of simplicity and elegance, combining tradition and cutting-edge in an original structure embraced by peaceful natural surroundings. The nine contemporary suites are complemented with items of furniture that display the work of craftspeople and Mexican design studios.

Glou Glou, the dining concept designed by chef Luis Pabón and sommelier Gabriela Moreno, enhances the guest experience with a gastronomy focused on dialogue between dishes and careful drinks pairings.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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