Interior Design

This Tiny, Open-Air Oaxacan Airbnb Will Have You Dreaming of Concrete

January 10, 2017

Nestled at the very end of a long dirt road amongst dense cactus scrub, spiky agaves and wild orchids, sits a simple house of tiny proportions, perfectly sized for two.

Concrete: Not just for pavers. Photo by Lucy Laucht

Close to the surf town of Puerto Escondido on Mexico’s Oaxaca coast, Casa Tiny is a dream house inspired by Henry David Thoreau's “Walden” and brought to life by architect Aranza de Ariño and director Claudio Sodi.

Thoreau’s maxim of “Simplify, simplify, simplify!” is underscored throughout the casita’s understated lines.

A long, poured concrete table extends from inside the kitchen to outside on the patio. Photo by Lucy Laucht
A wall of shutter-style panels lets beams of light filter inside when the doors are closed. Photo by Lucy Laucht

The mezzanine bedroom features a large window under which guests can lie and watch stars race across the inky night sky. In the kitchen, a poured concrete benchtop extends through huge shuttered doors that can be thrown open to the garden, bringing the outside in. Soft diffused light pours in through narrow windows. Outside, a turquoise dip pool provides respite from the midday heat, the scent of rosemary fills the air and hummingbirds dart throughout the bushes.

All you need to furnish a foyer? A good bench. Photo by Lucy Laucht

This tiny paradise feels perfectly isolated and there’s blissfully little to do if you choose, but gems Hotel Escondido and the incredible artist retreat of Casa Wabi are close nearby.

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Book Casa Tiny through Airbnb here (for just $84/night!). Here are some travel tips to know before you go:

Ceramics for your use at Casa Tiny. Photo by Lucy Laucht
  • Stock up on supplies at Mercado Benito Juarez in Puerto Escondido before you arrive, there are no stores near Casa Tiny
  • Do dinner and drinks at nearby Hotel Escondido
  • The Casa Wabi tour is a must; Claudio, who manages the Airbnb, can help you arrange in advance
  • Secret beaches abound here—climb the rocks at the point and look for the the trail which curves to the right around the headland. The views are incredible, especially at sunset.
No reason to overcomplicate the poolside furniture. Photo by Lucy Laucht

Lucy Laucht is a photographer, writer, and world traveler (she just wrapped a six-month-long road trip across American in La Guaguita, her 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia camper). Find her blogging at These Foreign Lands, on Instagram, and in this space.

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Studios F. February 8, 2017
Your blog is very nice.This blog information is too good.So,Thanks for sharing information for us.
Natalie January 11, 2017
Have you heard of Hix Island House? -- similar but way cooler concrete houses in Vieques, Puerto Rico!
Ali W. January 10, 2017
The beaches in and around Puerto Escondido are by far my favorites. There's Playa Zipolite, which is a hippie's dream (caution - it's a nudist beach) and then there's also Ventanilla, which is a small swamp-like lagoon, and the water is tinted by the growing plants there, so it looks like black water. Crocodiles swim in those waters and you can take a little boat to an inside reserve where they keep all sorts of animals. It's definitely an experience.