CASA WABI: Artist Residence in Oaxaca, Mexico

Artist Bosco Sodi Creates an Art Utopia

Architects: Tadao Ando & BAAQ
Photos  ©  Edmund Sumner 

CASA WABI is a joint project of a living classic of modern architecture - Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Mexican studio BAAQ, implemented on the southwest coast of Mexico, near the city of Puerto Escondido. The client was the famous Mexican artist Bosco Sodi, who was born in 1970 in Mexico City and has gained recognition for his large-scale paintings with rich textures and vibrant colors. Sodi discovered the emotional power hidden in the natural roughness and texture of the materials used in the paintings. He strives to overcome existing conceptual boundaries by focusing on the exploration of materials and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work. In recent years, Bosco Sodi has been living and working in the New York area of Brooklyn.

Located in Oaxaca, Mexico, Casa Wabi is a refuge for artists and the local community, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Casa Wabi, the expansive, minimalist  property, is meant to be "a refuge for artists and the local community." The complex, which opens at the end of this month, boasts an  8,000 square foot art gallery, numerous studios for visiting artists, a botanical garden and much more. Sodi hopes to attract artists around the world who will interact with local students from kindergarten through university.

Wabi House is an art residence built for the free exchange of ideas between representatives of creative professions from different countries. The residence, located on a 25-hectare site, includes two workshops, a showroom, a gathering room, 6 private bedrooms, an exhibition gallery, a sculpture garden and various recreational areas.

The structure, made of concrete and dried palm leaves (palapas), is inspired by the Japanese ideology of "wabi", which seeks beauty in the everyday, in imperfection and simplicity, but with inner strength. The monumental concrete structure is complemented and completed by raw wood and straw furniture, sculptural objects, cacti and other details. This design is in perfect harmony with the surrounding flat landscape of the ocean coast of Oaxaca.

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