Inspired on the geometry of flowering cacti, the site intervention ‘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 landscape.
Piece by Ivan Juarez x -studio, Elva Araceli González and Roberto Gárate, San Sebastian neighborhood’s artisan.
With the support of MAP, Museum of Popular Art in Mexico.
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