A Hundred Dwellings at Oaxaca. Oaxaca, Mexico. /2006/
Professors: Isaac Broid + Fernanda Canales + Julio Gaeta + Mauricio Rocha
Community, textures and dwelling.
Oaxaca, in the south of Mexico, is a city with an uncommon enriched environment. With a tropical climate, flamboyant gastronomy and lively inhabitants it is one of the iconic places of the country. Despite of its described wealth, it is one of the poorest regions of the nation. The task is to design low-cost dwellings in a post industrial space that responds to the strong local characteristics. The strategy is to create a lineal park leaving the old train tracks as part of landscape design. The dwellings form a contained space that maintain the idea of a community within its negative unbuilt space. An outside lattice inspired in the nearby archeological site “Mitla” is designed to make a connection to the urban sprawl. This lattice offers a solar protection and maintains a language with the city’s materials.
The reason to build a linear space is to form a series of chained patios to reinforce the social organisation, a very strong trait in the region’s way of life.