Cabo Corrientes, Mexico

When Seattle-based designer John Van Dyke visited Cabo Corrientes for the first time nearly a decade ago, he found a kind of place he thought no longer existed. The pristine mountainside and endless beach were easily accessible—located two hours southwest of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast—but far from the throngs of tourists. “It reminded me of Baja and Cabo San Lucas 40 years earlier.”

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The house Van Dyke designed for himself, working with Puerto Vallarta–based TW Arquitectos, fuses modern influences and local building techniques in a pavilion-like structure perched on the cape’s rolling topography. A stonewalled entrance hall opens up to the singular public space of the upper level with unobstructed ocean views. There, a pair of parallel stuccoed walls features a combination of reinforced- concrete structural columns and adobe brick infill. While the northern wall is solid, openings in the southern wall are unglazed, the western face is left completely open, and the large living-area-cum-terrace culminates in a long rectangular pool. The indoor-outdoor spaces and the de Stijl geometry of the house’s volumes are a nod to Rudolph Schindler, although Van Dyke also aspired to evoke the minimalism of Mexican master Luis Barragán.

Two bedrooms on the lower level, just 50 feet above the beach, also face west toward the water, and custom-designed furnishings throughout feature low profiles to take advantage of the spectacular vista and sunsets. Rooms without views include laundry and storage, where upper-level furnishings are moved in anticipation of a storm or when the house is not in use.

Van Dyke wanted the naturally ventilated house to have little impact on its unspoiled surroundings. Rainwater is captured and graywater recycled. Twelve rooftop solar panels, out of view behind parapets, help generate more power than is used to fuel the stove, clothes dryer, LED lights, and backup generator. “I could not have designed this house when I was younger,” Van Dyke admits. “It takes maturing thoughts about design to achieve the kind of simplicity I was after.”


Project Architect/Desinger: 

John Van Dyke (non registered)


architecture — Jean-François
Milou, lead architect; Wenmin Ho,
Thomas Rouyrre, architectural
team managers; Charmaine Boh,
Janis Goh, Trung Thanh Nguyen,
Jason Tan, Jiarong Goh, May Leong,
Eudora Tan, architectural designers

Architect of record:

TW Arquitectos, Puerto Vallarta 


Interior Designer:

John Van Dyke


General Contractor:

TW Arquitectos, Puerto Vallarta  



Lore Patterson, John Van Dyke


CAD system, Project management, or Other Software Used

AutoCAD L, Sketch up




Exterior cladding

Cement stucco

Polished cement



Concrete, cement with sealer



Commercial Aluminum Anodize Black



Laminated Tempered Glass



Entrance door, Part of old Hacienda Door resized

Room doors, Custom made, Parota wood, red stained, and finished furniture grade

Sliding oversize terrace doors, Commercial Aluminum Anodize black, Laminated Tempered Glass



European Lever style entrance mortise Locksets on all doors - Emtek Stuttgart 

Concealed hinges on all doors – SOSS 216


Interior finishes

Cement stucco

Polished cement

Closets and Cabinet facings, Parota wood stained red

Counters Kitchen, Black Caesarstone, on polished cement - Caesarstone

Second level, main indoor and outdoor floor, Eco tile (Italian, 75% recycle material) – CASTEL Italy

Other floors, Polished cement, natural color and with penetrating sealer



All lighting is LED, fixed lighting all recessed ceiling and surface floor – Techno Light, Mexico



Hot Water from thermal solar system

All fixtures – Helvex, Mexico

Toilets are low volume – Orion, Mexico

Lavs bathrooms – CASTEL, Italy

Rain Water is captured from roofs and used for landscape

Black water and waste goes to a Biodigestor system – Rotoplas, Mexico

Gray water is recycled for landscape



Roof mounted solar panels tie to the power grid - SMA America Multi-Gate