The Valle San Nicolás Clubhouse is a newly completed property located on the outskirts of Valle de Bravo. It is an astonishing looking property and is also a flagbearer for sustainable construction. The beautiful building has been expertly designed and pays homage to its natural surroundings with a 360-degree vista of the adjacent lake and neighbouring mountains.
Sustainability, nature and anything that will heighten the senses are arguably the most vital components for any business. Those thinking they sidestep these or uncover ways to provide watered down versions will be in for a rude awakening. If a business can incorporate these aspects into something within a spectacular location, they’ll have the ideal recipe, and it seems that the Valle San Nicolás Clubhouse has found it.
The Valle San Nicolás Clubhouse is the result of a collaboration between Mexican architecture studio Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos and developers Grupo Terraforma. It is situated only two hours from Mexico City and is perfectly positioned to offer an escape into nature, complete with a sustainable conscience and focus on wellbeing.
The minds behind the clubhouse have put sustainability at the top of the agenda, and this can clearly be seen through the liberal use of Kebony timber.
This sustainable development offers guests a magnificent wellbeing experience enhanced by an intimate connection to nature inside an expertly designed architectural masterpiece that is born from cutting-edge environmentally friendly building technology.
The 385-hectare development features a circular floor plan that is unique in design, drawing attention to the spectacular scenery. The open layout allows the sun to flood through the structure from dawn until dusk.
The site consists of an 800-metre water-ski lake and the showpiece Clubhouse pavilion, as panoramic views of the lake are framed by rolling hills. Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos’ emphasis on open corridors and exposed rooms allows for 360-degree views of the surrounding topography, including forests and mountain vistas, from almost every position of the Clubhouse’s interior.
A central sunken passageway feature splits the Clubhouse into two wings, each of which is fitted with a vast range of relaxation, socialisation and wellbeing amenities, framing an internal body of water. The west wing grants access to the gym, outdoor jacuzzi, spa cabins and steam room, whilst the east wing allows groups to unwind with a bar, kitchen, dining area, barbecue and firepit. A swimming lane and sunbathing area located on a pier extension also offer a serene experience which complements the outdoor scenery.
With two ringed walkways spanning its interior and exterior, the Clubhouse makes good use of Kebony Character for the decking. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s pioneering wood-processing technology sees sustainably sourced softwoods heated with furfuryl alcohol, an agricultural by-product, modifying the wood to maintain the same properties of tropical hardwoods but without the same contribution to the carbon footprint.
Kebony wood is cost effective and has a rich brown colour, making it a natural choice for this state-of-the-art pavilion which embraces the environment and places importance on sustainability.
The Valle San Nicolás Clubhouse demonstrates an awareness of the ever-growing demand for luxurious well-being experiences which are committed to sustainable construction and the protection of natural sites such as the local Mexican panorama. Other finishing touches serve to complement the cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure, including volcanic stone and an American red oak roof.
Nina Landbø, International Sales Manager at Kebony, added, “The Valle San Nicolás development honours a strong commitment to sustainable construction with no compromise to the building’s inspired aesthetic. The installation of Kebony with its natural, earthy tones promises high durability and stability, requiring little maintenance, thus making it the perfect choice for an outdoor waterfront pavilion deck.”
Photography by Rafael Gamo.
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