WALLPAPER: Regional techniques finesse this hideaway home in Oaxaca

Regional techniques finesse this hideaway home in Oaxaca

Dried, locally sourced palm tree leaves cover this covetable vacation home in Mexico

Rustic Oaxacan charm encapsulates Casa Cova, designed by Anonimous architecture studio. Think mescal over grapefruit in a jicarita, in the sun – we’re quarantine dreaming. Traditional local techniques are paired with modern ones, to form two conjoined vacation homes, for the client’s extended family travel post lockdown.

Designed to work with its natural context, local Parota wood is used for the carpentry and covered areas, creating shady spaces to escape the Puerto Escondido summer. The reliant use of concrete on the structure and finishes responds to local needs as well; the constant intensity of the sun and the salinity of the air demand a material that ages well, without much (if any) maintenance.

Alongside the material palette, regional handcrafting techniques were implemented throughout, reflected in the interior decorations and local art showcased in the project. The tables were created by Mexican sculptor Héctor Álvarado, with bold textiles from another small Mexican brand Tural MX (the mantra of whom is incidentally ‘consume local’). Outside, hardy, low-maintenance vegetation has been chosen for the landscaping, planted to age and weather as the buildings do.

It’s innovative layout sets this vacation spot apart, offering distinct but interconnected spaces for two families. A large lattice wall cross-ventilates the common area from the suites, creating a dynamic light pattern from dusk till dawn. A central, communal volume features a high, apex ceiling, making it an impressive space to entertain. The volume is topped by a 100 ft long ‘palapa’ (an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof). §

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