Written by Tara Lange
In La Barra, a coastal village in Punta del Este, rests a five-meter factory gate and a shield of corrugated zinc.On the other side of this idiosyncratic industrial structure? Aaron Hajman’s Casa Zinc; a modest but handsome boarding house brimming with apothecary jars, valve radios and soda bottles, antique globes and re-purposed wood.
Interior design guru and owner of The Trading Post (an antique shop housing treasures collected from his worldly travels), Aaron Hojman has infused Casa Zinc with the same well traveled eclecticism that makes up his vibrant personality. The bedrooms inside are named for the objects within: in the Back to School room hangs classic chalkboards and protractors, the Arquitecto study is home to a draftsman’s table, map chest and work bench and the Biblioteca room resembles a, well, a library.
The days at Casa Zinc float by at a languid and peaceful pace. Noontime breakfast at the communal table becomes an inert afternoon spent at the nearby beach or underneath the resident olive tree (preparation for the nightlife festivities to come, no doubt). But this laissez faire approach applies not only to breakfast. The staff are known to treat guests like friends, offering up well kept local secrets. And rumor has it, with a little advance warning, inspired guests can commandeer the kitchen to fix themselves a self cooked meal.