tadao ando crafts concrete campus for mexico's casa wabi foundation

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located in the southern meixcan state of oaxaca, the casa wabi foundation is a multidisciplinary arts center which ‘aims to promote the exchange of ideas between artists of different disciplines and local communities’.

situated between the mountains and the pacific ocean, the entire complex was completed by renowned japanese architect tadao ando, whose design seeks to accentuate the region’s natural landscape. the scheme fuses ando’s signature style with elements of traditional mexican architecture. thatched roofs sit atop concrete huts, with wooden doors and items of furniture populating the wide range of secluded and communal spaces.

onsite facilities include six private bedrooms, two sharing studies, a multipurpose room, a projection room, an exhibition gallery, a sculpture garden and multiple recreational areas. casa wabi serves as a meeting place for artists, offering a variety of residency programs. these stays can range between 15 days and 3 months, with lodging and living expenses covered by the foundation. during their stay, residents keep a journal of their experiences in the format of their choice. these records then become part of the institution’s permanent archive.

thatched roofs sit atop concrete huts
 

thatched roofs sit atop concrete huts

 

the design seeks to accentuate the region’s natural landscape

 

ando’s design fuses his own signature style with elements of traditional mexican architecture

 

wooden doors and items of furniture populate the site’s different areas

 

a communal area for recreation