Completed in 2014 by Japanese Architect Tadao Ando, Casa Wabi is an Art Centre and residential house organized along a 312-meter long concrete wall in a picturesque site on the Mexican seafront.
Casa Wabi by Tadao Ando Technical Information
- Architects: Tadao Ando
- Location: Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
- Area: 55.0 sqm
- Program: Art Center + House
- Project year: 2014
- Client: Bosco Sodi
- Architect of record: BAAQ’ – Jose Alfonso Quñones, Luis Muñoz Pérez, Joaquin Castillo
- Structural engineer: Javier Ribe Alfredo Athie
- Photographs: © Edmund Sumner
The project site is situated directly facing the South Pacific Ocean, sharing 550 metres of coastline with only the breathtaking beach. With such a generous length of site, I have created a single concrete wall of 312 metres long by 3.6 metres high.
The wall creates horizontal separation between public programmes on the north side and private programmes on the south side. The wall also generates the main circulation path cutting across every programme, serving as a dual interior and exterior wall. Rich red and orange sunset is to be reflected on the concrete surface.
– Tadao Ando
Casa Wabi by Tadao Ando Photographs
Set up by artist Bosco Sodi and coordinated by Patricia Martin (previous executive and curator of La Colección Jumex), the art foundation is established on the outskirts of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, around 500 miles southwest of Mexico City. Sodi’ always respected Ando’s building design’ and asked the Japanese Pritzker Prize-winning architect for the design of his foundation’s new offices. There is one more Japanese association – Casa Wabi is named after the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi: the beauty of life’s imperfections.
The building gives shelter for the Casa Wabi Foundation, a philanthropy organization set up by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi and coordinated by Patricia Martin, best known as the curator of Latin America’s most prominent private artistry gathering, the Colección Júmex.
The Casa Wabi Foundation has room to host six occupants at the same time, with this in mind the facilities include six villas suited to meet all essential needs for a comfortable stay, a library, two shared studios, a gallery, a projection room, our garden, and other recreational spaces.
The arrangement is laid out like a big compass. The long solid concrete wall runs east to west, after the coastline, to make a series of various rooms and zones.
In the south-north axis, the primary vehicle approach is located where, in addition, an extended narrow patio and swimming pool that extend out towards the water’s edge.
Nearby facilities incorporate six private rooms, two sharing studies, an exhibition gallery, a sculpture garden, a multipurpose room, a projection room, and various recreational places. Casa Wabi serves as a meeting place for artisans, offering an assortment of residency projects. These stays can go between 15 days and three months, with cabin and everyday costs secured by the establishment. Amid their stay, occupants keep a diary of their encounters in their preferred format. These records then turn out to be a piece of the foundation’s permanent archive.
To appear differently in relation to the starkness and linearity of the walls, the roof is made with layers of dried Royal Palm Tree leaves, normally used in the area since they give shelter while permitting ventilation.
Structures with these kinds of roofs are referred to locally as Palapa.