What can only be described as every persons childhood dream is the newest art and culture destination situated in Tulum, Mexico. This gigantic treehouse was opened by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, the great-grandson of famed art collector Peggy Guggenheim. Designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel was recruited to transform the space to create a home for IK Labs.

The treehouse was designed to connect humans with the emotional and spiritual environment created by the space. True to this experience, the first rule is you must take off your shoes before entering the space. “If you don’t pay attention, you’ll fall,” says Sterkel, explaining how an uneven floor is a humbling attitude adjustment. “You have to lose control to pay attention to what you feel, emotionally and spiritually.

With the environment in mind, the designer paid close attention to not harm Mother Nature: no trees were cut in the construction process and the space sits on stilts as to not disturb the home of the wildlife.

The IK LAB features ceilings of vines and accents of curved marbleised concrete walls and locally sourced wood which creates a curved flooring. The gallery is now open for viewing featuring works from artist such as Artur LesherMargo Trushina and Tatiana Trouvé.

Explore the space below.