Ecotourism Master Plan and Architectural Design of an Ecolodge in Altamura Island, Sinaloa (Gulf of California), Mexico
Client: Altamura Desarrollos
Location of Isla Altamura: in the southern portion of the Gulf of California (approximate latitude of Culiacán, Sinaloa).
Dimensions of the island: 44 km long and 2.5 km wide.
Topography: practically flat, with subtle undulations and dunes.
Vegetation: sarcocaulescent brush and halophytic plants.
Conceptual motivations for the design:
Design must be in harmony with the natural forms.
In Nature there are no rectangular or cubic forms.
Architectural forms will be of organic and physiomorphological carácter. Application of Fractal Theory.
Fractals are geometric forms that possess a great similarity amongst themselves.
The whole form is built up from subforms that echo the whole and that replicate themselves.
‘The Great Wave’ by Japanese artist Hokusai is a good example of fractal structure in art.
Application of fractal analysis to the Island of Altamura(SEA-WIND-LAND-ARCHITECTURE):
Sea currents and the wind produce sea waves.
The wind produces in the sand shapes similar to sea waves(dunes).
Architectural shapes of the cabins are similar to the dune forms.