Casa Wabi On The Oaxaca Coast In Mexico

View all 20 Photos

Mexican artist Bosco Sodi founded Casa Wabi in 2014 as a non profit organization which connect artists and local communities through contemporary art and creative projects, encouraging social development and collaborations between local artisans and national and international artists. At the heart of the foundation lies the firm belief that art is a universal language and can have a significant positive impact on developing communities.

The name is derived from the Japanese ‘wabi-sabi’ concept and it refers to a world view that sees beauty as imperfect but also to an aesthetic that places value on asymmetry and simplicity. Japanese studio Tadao Ando Architect and Associates was hired to create a fitting home for the organization, on the beautiful coast of Oaxaca, in Mexico. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the structure offers a peaceful retreat for resident artists and allows them to connect to the environment naturally.

The entire building is designed to complement the site and to open up the interiors to the surrounding landscape of water, sand, vegetation, and distant mountains. The brutalist accents of the design combine with Japanese minimalism; the architect Tadao Ando also designed the pool and various pieces of teak furniture. The Casa Wabi complex is made of six villas, two studios, a gallery, a multipurpose room, relaxation areas, and a sculpture garden which is meant to evolve over time as resident sculptors add their own contribution. A large 340-yard concrete wall dominates the structure and emphasizes the line of the horizon while also dividing the private and public spaces. Palapa roofs connect the modern structure to vernacular architecture and complement the exposed concrete, which was made by local workers using locally sourced materials. Open, serene, and minimalist, this space is more than just a striking example of contemporary architecture. It has a noble purpose of changing minds and futures while improving a developing area through the power of art. Photography by Edmund Sumner and Fernanda Romandia.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Hampstead House

    A dilapidated terraced house transformed into a bright and elegant home. Located in Hampstead, London,…

  • Koto Design’s Falcon House

    A modular two-story house designed with a cantilevered volume that “twists” on its axis. Based…

  • House at Otago Bay

    A house partly built within a slope that overlooks a bay and mountains. Built on…

  • House with a View

    A house designed with two volumes that marry vernacular architecture and contemporary design. Located only…

  • Rosé Atelier House

    An old agricultural building converted into a family house and studio. Located in the suburban…

  • Yellow Caterpillar

    A stylish Milan apartment designed with almost no interior walls. Located in a new building…

  • The Secret Sky

    An old barn transformed into an artistic architectural installation. Completed by Catie Newell, founder of…

  • Broadway Loft

    An apartment in Manhattan transformed into an airy and fun living space for a family….

  • Villa MSV

    A T-shaped home with three garden spaces. Built in the middle of a pine forest…

  • Round House

    A circular house from the 1960s, modernized to maximize the access to views. Built in…

Around the world

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

  • Plácido y Grata Hotel

    A boutique hotel located in a restored manor house from the 19th century. After years…

loader