French architectural duo Ludwig Godefroy and Emmanuel Picault have designed the ultimate Mexican getaway — an open-air fortress-like house in the state of Oaxaca. As per architecture and design magazine Dezeen, the concrete monolith is located near Zicatela Beach.

Casa Zicatela is described by the magazine as “a countryside retreat with a robust, insular character, rather than a typical beach house.”  The glassless building, located on top of a hill, draws inspiration from a Mesoamerican ball-game court, with its center flanked by two stairways.

The property includes three bedrooms, a garden courtyard, living area, kitchen, and access to a flat-top roof. The external frame is neatly complemented by a well-lit interior that highlights additional features such as the swimming pool to the rear. All throughout, tropical-inspired wooden shutters and slider doors break up the grey concrete structure.

What’s more, the property is flanked by a mountain view on one side and the beach after which the house is named to the other.

Check out the selection of images above and when you’re done, get the full story over at Dezeen.

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