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8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo

05:00 - 16 November, 2018
8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo, Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa
Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar + 9

Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces.

Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel.

While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we've selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.

A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture

06:00 - 22 August, 2018
A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© BGP © Javier Callejas © Paco Pérez Arriaga © Leo Espinosa + 20

Color, inherited from indigenous cultures of Mexico, is a defining characteristic of Mexican architecture. Vibrant colors have been used by architects and artists such as Luis Barragán, Ricardo Legorreta, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O'Gorman, and Mario Pani.

Color in Mexican architecture has reinforced the identity of different regions and areas within the country. For example, it is almost impossible to think of San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato without the facade colors that weave the landscape.

Saint Peter House / Proyecto Cafeína + Estudio Tecalli

10:00 - 4 January, 2018
Saint Peter House / Proyecto Cafeína + Estudio Tecalli, © Patrick Lopez
© Patrick Lopez

© Roberto Martínez © Patrick Lopez © Roberto Martínez © Roberto Martínez + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro Cholula, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Leonardo Neve, Diego Vilatela, Roberto Martinez, María Menéndez
  • Design Team

    Ana Paula Borbolla, Juan Yanuzzo, Javier Flores, Jesús Amezcua, Roberto Tlatelpa, Daniel Serrano, Otli Campos Carrillo.
  • Area

    118.0 m2
  • Photographs

Tosepankali Hostel / Proyecto Cafeína

15:00 - 14 September, 2017
Tosepankali Hostel / Proyecto Cafeína, © Patrick Lopez
© Patrick Lopez

© Patrick Lopez © Patrick Lopez © Patrick Lopez © Patrick Lopez + 22

Chilsec Organic Production Center / Proyecto Cafeína

13:00 - 14 August, 2017
Chilsec Organic Production Center / Proyecto Cafeína, © Patrick Lopez
© Patrick Lopez

© Patrick Lopez © Patrick Lopez © Patrick Lopez © Patrick Lopez + 10

Tadeo 4909 / Proyecto Cafeína

18:00 - 28 April, 2015
© Patrick Lopez Jaimes
© Patrick Lopez Jaimes

© Patrick Lopez Jaimes © Patrick Lopez Jaimes © Patrick Lopez Jaimes © Patrick Lopez Jaimes + 47

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Judas Tadeo, Santa Cruz Buenavista Sur, 72170 Santa Cruz Buenavista, Pue., Mexico
  • Category

  • Project Area

    902.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína, © Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes + 36

Constitución 8 / Proyecto Cafeína

01:00 - 12 September, 2014
Constitución 8 / Proyecto Cafeína, © Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes + 27