The Mexican hotel chain Grupo Habita's Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, designed by San Diego-based architects Gracia Studio is the latest example of architects and designers all over the world embracing rugged terrain and a general reconnection with nature.
Other recent examples of unusual designs embracing cave-like spaces and concepts of refuge and shelter include Fearon Hay's Mountain Retreat in New Zealand, the Grotto Pavilion in Tilburg, Holland, and La Trufa resort in Galicia, Spain – all of which are highlighted in Primal Design.
Endémico Resguardo Silvestre opened in Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe in December 2011. The cluster of 20 rooms has been placed on steel stilts and sit on the rocky terrain overlooking the valley. With a personal patio, individual entrance and unobstructed views of the dramatic surroundings, the concept attempts to provide guests with a feeling of complete isolation in nature.