Bioclimatic design | Interview with: Victor Sanz | Sanz Architecture

Tell us about Sanzpont Arquitectura philosophy


ur philosophy in terms of design rests upon two main values. First, it tends toward Bioclimatic Design, being an important factor and sustainability. What this basically means to us is that our architecture projects are designed in accordance with the environmental characteristics of the place where construction will take place. If your project is oriented taking the sun into account, if you design with ventilation and lighting in mind, you make sure that energy consumption will be lower and that the overall comfort of the end user is greater.

Our second value, regardless of whether the minimum required is only to solve functional matters, is contemporaneity. We prefer a rather futuristic and curved-line architecture, with lines that bend and move: that is what we did in Hotel del Carmen, which we can describe as futuristic.

Another thing worth mentioning is that each project is meant to have a concept adequate to its location. As an example, Hotel del Carmen is shaped as a reef, referencing a natural element of the destination where it is located.

Speaking of bioclimatic design, how is it related to green technologies

People usually believe that a project can be considered as sustainable by merely adding some solar panels, and that isn’t the case necessarily. It isn’t really useful to have all lighting be done with the latest in LEDs if windows are not properly located and there’s no natural lighting during daytime, as lights will be turned on for longer periods. The same goes if you install solar panels only so you can have air conditioning on most of the day. It is illogical. Green technologies have to be an actual complement to the Bioclimatic Design element.

Architecs should strive to go farther than merely solving issues, they should contribute to the quality of life in the cities; otherwise we reduce ourselves to merely fulfilling commissions


Would you say there is an actual mexican caribbean style? what are its main elements, or how would you define it, if so?

Rather than a mere style, I would say there is a whole of doing Caribbean architecture, which must focus on the weather. What do we have in the Caribbean? Hot weather, good ventilation and excellent views. This way, architecture with eaves that create shade, terraces and open spaces that allow closer connection to the environment is what we can all Caribbean architecture: it doesn´t matter if it is done in minimalistic, colonial, or any other style.


How important is architecture for the success of a business office or company?

It is ver important. On the side of marketing people understand this very well. What’s the goal? To sell more; and so, clients tend to be quite aware and willing to invest, they will spare no expense in a designer as their goal is to sell, it’s all business, and the cost of the project’s design is valued as much as they understand that it’s not the same to cut sales in half or doubling them in the same store.


What would you tell those who believe they don´t  need an architect to design their home or business, only because they have fine taste and clear goals?

In the case of homes, clients are more likley to think they don’t need design, believing they can do it themselves as it is based on personal liking. They don’t see the point in paying for a professional, as they think it will absurdly increase the cost of the project. I mean, they see us as an expenditure. They can’t see that we actually are an investment. If someone is doing a two-million MXN house, they will tell the architect what the budget is upon hiring, so that the architect can design a house as efficient as the budget allows, streamlining resources and making the most of them. By doing things this way, the house will make sense, and if the owner ever wants to sell, it will have added value.



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What is the process for buying a home with cash in México?


he benefits of purchasing a home with cash are many, from the lack of interest payments to the ease of transfer. By avoiding the interest on a standard mortgage you can substantially reduce the overall cost of the house. The process of buying a home with cash is essentially the same as buying a home with a mortgage, minus the need to apply and be approved for a loan.

However, since you will be buying in a foreign jurisdiction, there are pitfalls and risks that you need to be aware of. This article will provide some advice on the process of purchasing a property with cash and a short checklist of “do’s and don’ts” in the closing process:

Make an offer

When you find the house you want, inform the owner that you will be making a cash purchase. Cash is preferred by many sellers, since the deal does not depend on a third-party loan that may or may not come through. A cash buyer is a serious buyer, and one who can follow through. Some buyers use this position of strength to work the price of the home a bit lower: sellers often prefer what they perceive as “a sure thing” at a slightly lower price than a deal that requires the buyer to obtain financing, even if that buyer offers the asking price.


Hire a closing/title firm (such as Secure Title) to assist you with the detailed process that is about to begin.

Review terms of earnest money contract to ensure you understand and agree with the terms.

Deposit earnest money ONLY with a known, reliable escrow firm.


Sign documents unless you are prepared to move forward with the purchase.

Sign documents without sound legal advice.

Deposit funds with real estate agents, attorneys representing the selling party or directly to the selling party.

Make a deal

Once you arrive at a price, it is time to inspect the property. Licensed, professional inspection services can do the job and leave little doubt about the exact state of the home and property around it. Once the inspectors have given the house their blessing, you can proceed with a fair amount of confidence that nothing is seriously wrong with the house. If the inspector discovers serious problems, you can still walk away from the deal, provided your approval of the inspection was a contingency of the contract you signed. If the inspector discovers minor problems but you still want the house, you can renegotiate the deal with the seller, either for repairs or for a lower price.


Ask lots of questions to ensure you understand the process that is taking place.

Ensure your title is clear and free of liens, foreclosure, overdue taxes or other attachments that can affect your ownership.

Request title insurance, if available.

Request title report in your preferred language to review with your closing attorney or title company representative.



When the inspection and all the other key homework —such as the title search— has been completed, all that’s left is the closing. When buying with cash, you have more flexibility in terms of closing, because you do not need to wait for a lender to schedule the date. You will have set a tentative closing date with the seller at the time you struck the deal, however. At closing, you or your assigned representative will need to sign documents at the Notary Public’s office and your purchase funds will be distributed to the selling party and other parties’ due funds from the transaction.


For more details and additional information

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Director General


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