Case Study

The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal Harmonizing With the Environment

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Challenge

To create a low-density resort that harmonizes and enhances its environment. The resort presents as a village that grew out of the existing rugged mountain terrain situated at lands’ end, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet.

The Design Solution

HKS designers chose indigenous materials and preserved the character of the rugged site. The low-scale buildings are a combination of strong stone walls, hand-hewn sand colored plaster, honey-colored wood latilla structures and wood window frames, with large glass installation that capture expansive views.

The Design Impact

To accommodate the existing landscape, a passageway was carved through a mountain to reach the oceanfront beyond. Hotel guests drive through the passage to access the resort. Exiting the tunnel, guests are greeted with a stunning, unobstructed ocean view framed by the arrival buildings.

Project Features

  • 256,000 square feet (23,783 sm)
  • 25 acres
  • 66-suite hotel
  • 31 fractional-ownership units
  • 20 whole-ownership residences