x studio constructs peaceful cactaceae enclosure in mexico
x studio constructs peaceful cactaceae enclosure in mexico x studio constructs peaceful cactaceae enclosure in mexico
nov 04, 2013
x studio constructs peaceful cactaceae enclosure in mexico


x studio constructs peaceful cactaceae enclosure in mexico
all images courtesy of iván juárez of x-studio

 

 

 

based on the geometry of flowering cacti, the peaceful ‘cactaceae’ enclosure by mexican architect iván juárez of x-studio is designed in response to its natural scenery. located in the semi-desert of the tropic of cancer in mexico, the folded volume pays tribute to this landscape – a place where a diverse range of endemic american plants exist. the beautiful flowers are typically characterized by their contrasting stems and thorns, displaying a variety of forms and textures. the small shelter explores the traditional artisan technique in mexico of ‘papel picado’ or paper cutting – it is made from a semi-transparent membrane with floral embroidery on its skin that filters light through to the interior. the space offers a restful setting for personal reflection, with views out to the exterior landscape. the delineation between outside and inside creates a strong visual dialogue within the structure, which during the day changes its outer appearance through varying tonalities and reflections. at dusk, the light fragments its apparent solidity to reveal a sculptural form that illuminates from within, helping it blend into the the landscape.

 

 


the introspective shelter references the geometry of flowering cacti in mexico

 

 


the piece features a semi-transparent membrane with floral embroidery on its skin

 

 


it is designed using the traditional artisan technique in mexico of ‘papel picado’ or paper cutting

 

 


‘cactaceae’ offers a peaceful interior space for personal reflection

 

 


the patterned cut-outs in the exterior skin filter through natural light

 

 


the hut is located in the desert of mexico and the design reflects it natural landscape

 

 


detail of the handmade structure

 

 


‘cactaceae’ at sunset 

 

 


‘cactaceae’ illuminated from within at night

 

 


plans

 

 

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